VIDEO: Fire destroys Hamilton apartment building

(HAMILTON, OH) -- An apartment building in Hamilton has been destroyed by fire.

Flames broke out around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning on North 2nd Street near Hensel Place. Investigators say the building is a total loss.

The building is an apartment home where up to 4 families can live. The owners are currently in Florida.

Fire officals say it appeared that no one was staying here and the building appeared to be vacant at the time.

When they first got to the scene, flames were shooting out through the roof, so firefighters pulled back and fought it from outside.

Even the fire was out - fire officals were still concerned about how the weight of the water could have caused the building to collapse.

"Once you dump so much water on building extremely dangerous so going in now will be tentative not find out much because of that," said Hamilton Fire Dept. Deputy Chief Harmon

The Red Cross was called to assist two occupants of the house next door, which had some minor damage.

There was an estimated $250,000 to both structures. A cause is yet to be determined.