Firefighter, 3 victims to hospital from Westwood fire

Updated: Nov. 19, 2019 at 9:08 AM EST
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WESTWOOD (FOX19) - A Cincinnati firefighter and three people were taken to a hospital from a fire in Westwood Tuesday morning, fire officials tell FOX19 NOW.

The firefighter has a minor injury, they said.

One civilian sustained injuries listed as serious, officials said. The two others’ injuries were reported as less serious.

Fire crews responded to the 3000 block of Gobel Avenue at 7:32 a.m.

Fire officials said due to the fire blocking the entryway and reports of multiple people trapped inside, they dispatched a second alarm.

After extinguishing the fire in the entryway, firefighters were able to rescue one person from the first floor where the fire was, officials said. Three people on the second floor jumped to safety.

The fire was reportedly knocked down in about 20 minutes.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Police shut down Gobel Avenue while crews got the situation under control.

Marita Salkowski with the American Red Cross says the organization is helping 16 people who have been displaced by the fire.

Brian Milligan said he was at work when a neighbor called and told him about the fire.

“I have no idea what I’m going to do. I have nowhere to live. It’s the holidays, you know,” he said.

Milligan said his car was inside his apartment when he left.

“He’s not in there now. All my clothes, possessions, ID’s, everything I inherited when my brother passed away... everything,” he said.

A total of six units were affected by the fire and the Red Cross says they’re providing food, shelter, clothing, and casework assistance to other agencies that can also help those displaced.

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