Fire officials investigate blaze at Anderson Twp senior living complex

A firefighter was taken to a hospital due to heat exhaustion

Fire officials investigate blaze at Anderson Twp senior living complex
Fire broke out Wednesday night and rekindled early Thursday at Sem Manor on Pebble Court in Anderson Township, dispatchers say. (Photo: FOX19 NOW)

ANDERSON TWP., Ohio (FOX19) - Fire officials battled flames twice this week at an Anderson Township senior living facility.

Residents were evacuated as a precaution at Sem Manor retirement facility on Pebble Court shortly after the initial fire was reported at 9:12 p.m. Wednesday and again due to a possible rekindle at 4:42 a.m. Thursday, according to Hamilton County dispatchers.

In the first fire at the facility, a 911 caller reported heavy black smoke coming from the structure, with flames visible in several lower-level windows, according to a news release from the Anderson Township Fire Department.

Initial arriving companies found the fire located in a portion of the structure undergoing renovations and did not house residents.

A distant portion of the structure which did have occupants had been evacuated due to the structure’s alarm system, according to the release.

Arriving units called for a second alarm response and initiated an immediate transitional attack, fire officials said.

While the bulk of the fire was quickly brought under control and ultimately extinguished, unique characteristics of the building’s construction caused firefighters to remain on the scene for an extended time, searching for and extinguishing remote fire extension locations, according to the news release.

Residents were permitted to return to their living units in a distant portion of the complex shortly after the initial arriving fire units.

No residents were displaced or hurt.

The scene was terminated at approximately 2:37 a.m.

One firefighter was transported to Mercy Health-Anderson Hospital from the scene due to heat exhaustion.

The firefighter was treated and later released.

Units returned to the scene early Thursday to investigate a report of light smoke from concealed wall – that limited response/investigation was uneventful.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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