Fire leaves Bond Hill foster family displaced

By Dan Wells - bio | email

BOND HILL, OH (FOX19) -- Firefighters headed out early Sunday morning to a home full of foster kids, not once, but twice.

Now, close to a dozen people, including those foster children, are searching for an new place to live.

Cincinnati fire crews had their hands full after smoke and flames filled this home in the 4700 block of Reading Road in Bond Hill around 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

"The smoke filled up the house in 10-15 minutes. The whole house was filled with smoke, so we had to bust down the front door to get out, and everyone made it our safe," said Gerald Lilly, a relative of the family.

Crews thought the fire was under control after fighting it all morning. But emergency crews were called back to the scene around 9 a.m. when the flames rekindled.

"It started and then it stopped, and then all of a sudden it came back, it won't go out," said Lisa Wentworth, a neighbor.

Firefighters say the blaze was finally put out over an hour later, around 10:15 a.m.

"Its being investigated at this time," said Captain Robert Hart with the Cincinnati Fire Department. "My understanding is it did start in the basement and it may have gone up the walls of the home."

The family living there includes several foster kids between the ages of 1 and 13.

Now the family has to figure out what to do next.

"We just went school shopping," said Lilly.  "We lost all the school clothes, we lost everything."

"My guess it's going to have to be torn down," said Hart. "The whole roof is burnt and unsafe at this time."

Investigators at this point are trying to determine an official cause. Neighbors believe the fire may have started after an electrical explosion.