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Fire officials: No smoke detectors or alarm systems operating in OTR soup kitchen

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OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) -

No smoke detectors or alarm systems were operating in a daily soup kitchen that caught fire late Sunday, causing $15,000 in damage, Cincinnati fire officials said early Monday.

The cause of 9:52 p.m. blaze in the 1600 block of Vine Street remains under investigation, District Chief Craig Coburn wrote in a prepared statement.

No one was hurt.

The Cincinnati Health Department has been notified of the fire since the building operates as a daily soup kitchen.

According to the soup kitchen's website, it is the oldest one in Cincinnati. It was not clear early Monday when it will resume serving meals.

When emergency crews arrived on scene late Sunday, they encountered heavy smoke from the rear of the large commercial building and subsequent fire through the roof.

Companies initially had difficulty gaining access to the building due to the security features to the ingress and egress doors.

A second alarm was sounded due to the size of the building and the uncertainty of the fire load.

Companies initiated aggressive interior operations and brought the fire under control in about fifteen minutes.

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