$100k damage in apartment fire that displaced 39

$100k damage in apartment fire that displaced 39
FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama
FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama

WALNUT HILLS (FOX19) - Four residents were taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries in a three-alarm apartment fire that displaced 39 people early Monday, officials said.

Damage was set at $100,000 after flames broke out just before midnight on the fourth floor of a building at Kemper Lane Apartments in the 2500 block of Kemper Lane, according to the Cincinnati Fire Department.

Four people were taken to hospitals, fire officials said.

The injured included one person who jumped from a fourth story window, landed on a first story rooftop of a neighboring building and suffered a broken leg, they said.

Fire crews treated other residents at the scene for smoke inhalation.

One firefighter was treated for a minor injury but was not taken to a hospital.

About 100 people were inside when the fire began. It was knocked down in about 10 minutes, but the incident was elevated to three alarms to summon extra firefighters due to the amount of heavy smoke and fire damage and large amount of residents unable to get out of their apartments.

Fire crews initially estimated 25 people were displaced, but the American Red Cross said it was assisting 39 find temporary places to stay and food.

The cause remains under investigation.

Seventy firefighters in all responded.

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