Fire causes ‘major damage’ in University Heights high rise

Fire causes ‘major damage’ in University Heights high rise
Cincinnati fire crews responded to a fire in a University Heights high rise Wednesday evening. (Source: WXIX)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati fire crews responded to a fire in a University Heights high-rise Wednesday evening, according to the Cincinnati Fire Department.

Damages to the building are estimated at $200,000, CFD says.

The two-alarm fire occurred in the Forum Apartment complex at 707 West Martin Luther King Drive.

Fire crews were dispatched at 4:21 p.m., according to the CFD report.

At the scene, CFD says, fire crews received reports from occupants of a fire on the 7th floor of the 8-story building, with smoke and fire in the hallway.

The fire was extinguished 15 minutes later.

The apartment in which the fire originated is deemed a total loss, CFD says, and the remaining 15 apartments on the 7th floor are “untenable until clean up has occurred.”

The cause of the fire was unattended cooking, according to the CFD report.

Sixteen families have been temporarily displaced, CFD says.

No injuries were reported, though CFD says several pets were rescued.

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