Residents jump to escape Roselawn apartment fire, 2 hospitalized, fire officials say

Residents jump to escape Roselawn apartment fire, 2 hospitalized, fire officials say
The American Red Cross is assisting them. (Source: FOX19 NOW)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Two people are hospitalized following a Roselawn apartment fire that forced the evacuation of residents in 30 units, including some who jumped to escape and several others who were rescued, Cincinnati fire officials say.

One of the victims, a 69-year-old man, was critically hurt, and the other, a woman in her 50s, suffered serious injuries, said Assistant Fire Chief Sherman Smith.

The blaze broke out around 4:20 a.m. in a three-story multi-family building on Sparkle Drive.

A spokesperson with the American Red Cross says they are assisting 24 families who were displaced by the fire.

Smoke and fire were visible on the third floor when fire crews arrived, according to initial emergency dispatches.

The incident was upgraded to a second alarm to bring more firefighters and equipment to the scene. A total of 65 fire personnel responded.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Damage is set at $30,000.

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