West Mitchell Ave. house fire under investigation

West Mitchell Ave. house fire under investigation
Fire crews respond to a house fire on West Mitchell Ave. (Source: Cincinnati Fire Department)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati fire crews battled a house fire on West Mitchell Avenue that had the road closed for hours.

The fire was reported at 35 W. Mitchell Ave. in Clifton, according to CFD. The call came in around 8:10 p.m.

Fire crews arrived to find flames showing from the second and third stories. They tried an interior attack, CFD says, but were called out due to the large amount of fire and extension.

Crews adopted a defensive position until around 8:35 p.m., by which time the bulk of the fire had been knocked down, though small fires remained, limiting access and hampering progress.

Fire companies “cautiously transitioned to an offensive attack,” CFD says.

A CFD release reports no one was displaced due to the fire and there were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

Prior to the release, authorities at the scene said the house was vacant but that there had been squatters inside. One of the squatters reportedly remained missing after fire crews searched the first floor around 9:10 p.m.

Crews had yet to search the second or third floor as of that information.

West Mitchell Avenue was currently closed between Vine Street and Interstate-75, police say.

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