Man dies following apartment fire on Christmas Eve in University Heights

Published: Dec. 27, 2021 at 8:56 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 27, 2021 at 11:28 AM EST

CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A 57-year-old Cincinnati man critically hurt in a two-alarm apartment fire just on Christmas Eve has died, according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office.

Aaron W. Battersby was pronounced dead Friday at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, a coroner’s report shows.

He was taken to the hospital shortly after flames broke out in his unit at the four-story building on Marshall Avenue in University Heights.

The first firefighters on the scene reported heavy fire and smoke coming from the windows and roof but trying to get to the building was a challenge.

“Had limited access and that just one fire truck at a time could approach the street,” Cincinnati Assistant Fire Chief Sherman Smith said.

But when they got through, nearly 70 firefighters responded to the scene.

Crews contained the blaze to the original apartment on the top floor of the building, but several other units sustained heavy smoke damage, fire officials have said.

The fire displaced more than a dozen people just before Christmas.

The American Red Cross provided assistance to them.

Cincinnati fire officials estimated damage to the building at $150,000. They are still investigating what started the fire.

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