A firefighter was transported to an area hospital as a precaution after experiencing chest pains battling a blaze in Columbia-Tusculum.
The fire started at approximately 4:45 p.m. inside an apartment building in the 3700 block of Eastern Ave., near Tusculum Avenue.
"When I got here, it was in the attic, running the attic. That's how the alarm came in. It was coming through the roof and upstairs,” said Cincinnati Fire Chief Richard Braun.
The blaze caused heavy damage to the two upper floors of the building, officials said. Estimated damage cost is $75 thousand.
It was neighbors across the street who first noticed what was unfolding on their block of Eastern Avenue.
"I walked out on the porch and looked up at the building and it was on fire. I yelled at my dad to call the fire department,” said Karen Bayless, who lives nearby.
That quick thinking may have helped write an ending to a story that could have finished much differently.
"I got inside the building and was going up through the hallways beating and pounding on doors trying to get people awake and get them out if they were in there. Fortunately I did because the people on the third floor were asleep up there,” said Kenny Bayless, who lives right down the street from the fire scene.
Officials confirmed that the firefighter was taken to an area hospital for evaluation after having the chest pains. He is expected to recover.
The fire is considered to be three alarms. Everyone inside, including several pets, were able to make it out without incident.
"You don't really think about it. You just care about helping the people get out okay, you know,” Karen Bayless told FOX19 NOW.