Firefighters rescue residents from apartment blaze

Firefighters rescue residents from apartment blaze

MT. AIRY, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati firefighters rescued two elderly residents and helped another four who were trapped on their balconies at a two-alarm apartment fire Monday night.

"This is why we do what we do," they posted on the Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union Local 48 Facebook page, alongside a picture of a firefighter carrying a woman in his arms out of the building.

"YOUR Cincinnati Fire Fighters at work, protecting Cincinnati for over 163 years. Stay safe."

No one was hurt, but eight families were displaced when flames broke out about 7:40 p.m. in the 5300 block of Eastknoll Court, fire officials said in a prepared statement.

When firefighters arrived, they found fire and heavy smoke on the second floor of a four-story building with reports of multiple trapped occupants still inside and unable to exit.

They said they immediately initiated an aggressive interior fire attack. They also searched for and began rescuing residents.

The building sustained heavy smoke and fire damage, which was set at $75,000.

Working smoke detectors alerted residents to the blaze before the fire department arrived.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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