OAKLEY, OH (FOX19) - Two people died and six people were rescued from an apartment complex fire Monday morning.
Crews responded to the corner of Madison and Andrews roads after multiple residents called 911 to report they were trapped in their apartment, according to Cincinnati fire officials.
The fire started in the basement and eventually spread to the upper floors of the Madison Crown apartment building.
One resident said he felt like he was in the right place at the right time.
"I'm Muslim," said Mostifa. "I fast during the day and pray during the night."
Mostifa is fasting for Ramadan which ends July 5.
"I was going my homework, and I was waiting for the last minute to try and eat something."
He said he heard what sounded like an explosion. When he went to check what happened, he could not leave his front door because of heavy smoke and extreme heat. He then realized there was only one way out.
"I live on the third floor," said Mostifa. "So I grabbed my wife, I took her to the balcony."
He lowered her down to the second floor balcony, and followed, but his work wasn't done.
Mostifa went back to rescue others from the apartment.
Investigators said the fire started in the basement and eventually spread to the upper floors of the Madison Crown apartment building.
Both victims were found inside the basement. They have not been identified, but a family member, Linda Cohen, tells FOX19 Now it was her 92-year-old mother and her 49-year-old brother.
"My brother lives here with her and takes care of her day and night," said Cohen.
She tells us that her mother was recently released from a nursing home and was rehabbing at home, and was making great progress.
"She was just at the doctor's Thursday and got a clean bill of health."
Investigators have not determined a cause of the fire.
Crews rescued at least six people from the first, second and third floors.
The Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the fire.