FAIRFIELD, Ohio (FOX19) - No injuries have been reported after crews battled a large apartment fire Friday in Fairfield.
The flames broke out at an apartment building along Brittany Lane around 3:30 p.m. Smoke from the fire filled the neighborhood.
Fire officials said 10 residences were impacted by the blaze and they expected to be on scene throughout the night putting out and keeping out the fire.
“It’s just watching your home burn and knowing that you worked for everything that is in there and just all the memories that you’re going to lose -- it’s emotional,” said resident Teresa Crawford. “I know the neighbors up on that end. I talked to a couple of them that completely lost everything so I know the Red Cross is here helping them and helping everyone that’s involved that can’t go back into their units.”
Eight departments and 47 personnel responded to the scene.
The fire chief said it started as a cooking fire.
“The occupant of the area of origin was cooking and left the building, came back to find the entire building/condo on fire,” said Don Bennett, Fairfield’s fire chief. “We were lacking serious water supply for the amount of fire that we had. As you see, this is a rare occasion in the city of Fairfield that we’re actually doing tanker operations to compensate for the deficiency of the water. Water lines are relatively small ... normal fires are sufficient amount, but when we need to flow 4,000 to 5,000 gallons a minute it’s just not going to sustain our operations.”