Cincinnati fire crews battled a 2-alarm fire Thursday afternoon in Carthage.
Crews arrived at the scene on the 900 block of West Seymour Avenue and found smoke coming out of the 3rd floor of a 3-story building. When firefighters got into the building, they found heavy fire on the first floor. Crews say the fire spread throughout the house because the building was constructed using "balloon construction," which allows fire to spread from floor to floor within the interior and exterior walls.
A second alarm was called due to the labor-intensive process of opening up the walls to locate and extinguish all of the active fire. 61 firefighters in total were called to the scene.
Crews shut down have West Seymour at Este Avenue to battle the fire.
The owner of the building was out of town at the time of the fire. Damage has been estimated at $40,000. The cause of the fire is undetermined, and the Cincinnati Fire Investigative Unit is continuing to investigate the fire.