2 children, mother seriously injured in Western Hills apartment fire

2 children, mother injured in fire

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - An adult and two children were hospitalized following an apartment fire Wednesday in Western Hills.

According to a police source, the three injured were an infant, a 2-year-old and their mother.

Fire crews were called to the building in the 2700 block of East Tower Drive around 4:30 p.m.

No fire was showing when they arrived on scene, according to Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Lakamp.

Lakamp says, upon investigation, firefighters found a working fire on the third floor.

They carried the three victims from the building.

“Our guys did a great job getting water on the fire and conducting the primary search to give them a chance," Lakamp said.

All three were seriously injured, according to the public information officer from the Cincinnati Fire Department.

Their conditions are not known at this time.

“I hope they survive,” said Fred Suelter, who lives across the street from the apartment complex. “They were hustling, they were getting people wherever they needed to go, whatever hospital they had to go to."

There is no word about what caused the fire but Lakamp says it was contained to a single apartment.

The estimated damage is $25,000.

The building didn’t have sprinklers but it did have smoke detectors.

Remaining tenants in the apartment building were allowed back in once the smoke cleared.

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