Five families have been displaced after a three-alarm fire in Walnut Hills Friday afternoon.
Officials say the fire started around 3:30 p.m. Friday in the 2600 block of May Street. Firefighters responded to a report of a fire on the second floor of an apartment building. On arrival, crews found heavy smoke throughout the building.
Residents on the first floor of the building then told crews that some people were still trapped inside and a second alarm was requested.
After an interior search crews determined that everyone got out safely. Officials say fire detectors in the building were working and allowed everyone to escape unharmed.
Due to the extreme heat and growing fire, a third alarm was also called. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in 45 minutes.
Officials say the fire, caused by a child playing with a lighter on the second floor, displaced five families including eight adults and eight children. One dog was also rescued by crews. The fire caused about $60,000 in damage.
According to officials, one firefighter also sustained minor injuries.
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