7 hospitalized, 37 displaced in Paddock Hills apartment fire

Updated: Jan. 14, 2019 at 5:40 PM EST
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PADDOCK HILLS, OH (FOX19) - Seven people were hospitalized and dozens were displaced in a four-alarm fire Sunday at a Paddock Hills apartment building that caused $500,00 in damage, fire officials said.

A total of 14 people including a Cincinnati firefighter were hurt when flames broke out in a third-story unit at Park Lane Apartments on Victory Parkway about 6:25 p.m., according to a news release.

More than 20 people were rescued, Fire Chief Roy Winston said.

“Since there were so many, they were losing track of who rescued who,” he said at the scene. “But they did get some assistance getting them out their apartment of origin.”

Seven people with smoke inhalation issues were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to the news release.

Six others were treated and released at the scene.

A firefighter was heard on the scanner calling ‘mayday’ as he worked to put out the fire.

Firefighters use the ‘mayday’ call when they become disoriented, lost, hurt, out of or low on air, trapped or whenever they have an emergency or need assistance or rescue.

As a result, additional firefighters and medics were called to the scene. In all, about 100 firefighters responded.

The firefighter who called ‘mayday’ was able to self rescue and was OK, fire officials said.

He suffered smoke inhalation when his mask was somehow knocked off, Winston said.

“When you’re face piece comes off and you’re in a smoke-filled atmosphere you know it immediately because you can’t breathe," Asst. Chief Tom Lakamp said.

The fire was quickly knocked down in the apartment of origin, but extensive damage was reported on the third floor when flames spread into the hallway, according to the news release.

The American Red Cross is assisting 37 residents with temporary housing, fire officials said.

There is still no word on what caused the fire.

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