Funeral home a ‘total loss’ after fire in West Price Hill

Published: Jan. 29, 2022 at 8:29 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 29, 2022 at 8:39 AM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A 2-alarm structure fire devastated a West Price Hill funeral home early Saturday morning.

Fire crews responded to the Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home in the 4900 block of Glenway Avenue just after 7 a.m.

When they arrived, they discovered heavy smoke showing from the back of the building.

Crews said the first floor became fully involved and extended to the upper floors.

There were three occupants in the building but were able to evacuate safely. There were no injuries to occupants or firefighters.

“Obviously with temperatures like this it’s very difficult for companies to operate when we start going defensive,” Operations Assistant Chief Tom Lakamp said. “It’s very treacherous around the building. Companies did a nice job making an initial attack trying to knock down the fire but it was too far advanced for us to knock it down.”

The assistant chief said the building has been renovated several times which made it hazardous for firefighters to operate inside of the building.

The building was labeled a total loss and had to be razed. The estimated damage was just over $950,000.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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