Water pressure problem at massive North Avondale fire

Water pressure problems challenge firefighters

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati fire officials said they encountered a water pressure problem as they battled a large, 2-alarm vacant house fire in North Avondale overnight.

It took hours for crews to finally knock down the massive blaze that swept through the residence in the 4000 block of Rose Hill Avenue early Wednesday.

Damage was set at $150,000.

Fire companies were dispatched about 12:30 a.m. for a house on fire from multiple callers, a news release states.

When fire crews arrived, they found heavy fire on the rear first floor. They initiated an interior attack but soon determined there was fire in the basement and it had already extended into the second floor.

At the height of the fire, heavy flames shot through the roof.

Cincinnati Fire Chief Roy Winston said fire crews struggled to get enough water from older, smaller mains in the area.

They eventually ran hose lines down to Paddock Road nearby, which has higher water pressure mains, he explained.

Greater Cincinnati Water Works crews also responded and assisted on scene.

The heavy fire and limited water supply prompted fire fighters to pull out of the building and battle it from the outside.

No injuries were reported.

The cause remains under investigation. A fire investigator is on scene assisting.

In all, more than 50 firefighters responded.

Neighbors tell FOX19 NOW the home recently had undergone renovations and was in the process of being “flipped"

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