Tuesday, February 19 2013 2:21 PM EST2013-02-19 19:21:58 GMT
Cincinnati officials have proposed legislation requiring rental properties to have enhanced smoke detectors, a move driven by the death of two University of Cincinnati students following a New Year's DayFull Story >
Cincinnati officials have proposed legislation requiring rental properties to have enhanced smoke detectors, a move driven by the death of two University of Cincinnati students following a New Year's Day fire at a rented house near campus.Full Story >
Monday, January 14 2013 10:37 PM EST2013-01-15 03:37:14 GMT
A second person who was injured in a University Heights fire on New Year's Day has died. A statement was released Monday morning on a Facebook page for Ellen Garner: It is with absolutely broken heartsFull Story >
A second University of Cincinnati student has died after a house fire on New Year's Day in University Heights. Services are scheduled for Friday in Tipp City, Ohio. Full Story >
Monday, January 7 2013 10:27 AM EST2013-01-07 15:27:25 GMT
The family of a University of Cincinnati student who was critically injured in a fire on Digby Street has issued a statement. Ellen Garner, 20, and Chad Kohls, 21, remain hospitalized at University ofFull Story >
The family of a University of Cincinnati student who was critically injured in a fire on Digby Street has issued a statement.Full Story >
Thursday, January 3 2013 6:18 PM EST2013-01-03 23:18:28 GMT
Fire crews are on the scene of a fire in Clifton. It's happening right now in the 2800 block of Digby Avenue. Dispatchers tell FOX19 that there are some injuries but the extent of those injuries is notFull Story >
We now know the names of two young adults who were badly injured when a multi-family home caught fire near UC's campus. Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:23:14 GMT
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area. According to the National Weather Service, numerous trees and power lines were blown downFull Story >
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 5:47 AM EDT2014-07-28 09:47:04 GMT
Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.Full Story >
Israeli jets pounded three Hamas sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of a major Muslim holiday.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 5:01 AM EDT2014-07-28 09:01:08 GMT
BY: Megan O'Rourke Vicious dog owners are the target of a new proposal that will be introduced next week by a Cincinnati councilman. Councilman Chris Seelbach said his proposal is different because itFull Story >
Vicious dog owners are the target of a new proposal that will be introduced next week by a Cincinnati councilman.Full Story >
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH (FOX19) -
As firefighters worked feverishly New Year's morning to rescue two University of Cincinnati students trapped by smoke inside a three-story house on Digby Avenue, Corey Durthaler was in another house across the street watching.
"My girlfriend was here for New Year's and I just looked at her and we were just like…that could've been us," Durthaler told FOX19.
Durthaler, his father, and former roommate John Kadiya all told us the home the boys rented after seeing it listed on Craigslist didn't have the required number of smoke detectors. In fact, they say there were no smoke alarms outside the sleeping areas, which Cincinnati ordinances have required for years, according to a fire department spokeswoman.
FOX19 followed the paper trail trying to understand how a landlord could get away with this without city officials knowing. What we discovered is that Harold J. Fodor of Cincinnati bought the home at 361 Probasco Street last July for $104,500. Although Hamilton County records obtained by FOX19 show that Fodor indicated after buying the property that he planned to rent it out, he never filed the required rental registration form. It clearly states on the conveyance fee receipt that bears Fodor's signature that the rental registration must be turned-in to the county auditor within 60 days.
Just to be sure, FOX19 asked an auditor's office staffer to research whether Fodor might have filed the rental registration form and later rescinded it. She said the record shows Fodor never filed the form at all. That's significant because had Fodor filed as a landlord with the county, Cincinnati Fire Department officials say it would've triggered an inspection of the home's smoke alarm system.
"Like this truck right here will go out and go to an apartment building and they'll keep track of it and they'll inspect every one," said Capt. Maurice Vassar, in front of one of his department's large fire trucks.
Vassar says firefighters inspect rental properties and businesses near their fire station. In 2012, that added-up to more than 87,000 inspections. In fact, Vassar says, a landlord in Cincinnati can expect a walkthrough with firefighters every six months.
Harold Fodor wouldn't answer FOX19's questions when we reached him by phone, except to say that the boys shouldn't be believed because they are still haggling over the remainder of the security deposit they didn't get back. When we tried to press him further, he hung-up.
While FOX19 was shooting this story outside the house on Probasco, a man who identified himself as Fodor's father said no one is currently living in the house, which appeared empty. Durthaler and Kabiya moved out months ago.
Kabiya says he and his roommates benefited from Durthaler's father walking through the house in the beginning and urging them to get the smoke alarm issue addressed.
"Because I mean, although we're grown --- we're adults --- we needed some parental guidance a little bit," Kabiya told us.
However, Fodor never installed smoke detectors, even after Durthaler's father called him, the men say. After the New Year's fire that killed 21-year-old Chad Kohls and 20-year-old Ellen Garner, they now realize just how dangerous that was.
Capt. Vassar says if you'd like to make sure your household is taking the proper precautions to prevent a fire, you can take a fire safety survey on the Cincinnati Fire Department's Facebook page.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity. According to WATE in Tennessee, the Sullivan CountyFull Story >
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.Full Story >
Sunday, July 27 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-07-27 13:32:04 GMT
The Lockland man who went missing on Friday was found dead in his car on Saturday. James Rolman, 72, was found in his car inside a silo at an abandoned trucking company at 205 Smalley Road Saturday in Lockland. Full Story >
The Lockland man who went missing on Friday was found dead in his car on Saturday. Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 3:21 AM EDT2014-07-28 07:21:57 GMT
A homicide victim has been identified after leading a police on a low-speed chase Saturday. According to court documents, Christopher R. McFerron was arrested after he fled from police on InterstatesFull Story >
A man has been arrested after leading a police on a low-speed chase Saturday.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 12:11 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:11:46 GMT
Since Israel's ground offensive began nearly three weeks ago a series of pro-Israel rallies have been held around the county. One such rally held today here in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Since Israel's ground offensive began nearly three weeks ago a series of pro-Israel rallies have been held around the county. One such rally held today here in Cincinnati. The main message expressed during today's rally was "I stand with Israel.Full Story >