CINCINNATI — A fire at Stanley Rowe Tower apartments in the West End on Tuesday left one person injured, according to the Cincinnati Fire Department.
The fire broke out around 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Cincinnati fire officials said the fire started on the sixth floor of one of the 15-story towers.
When crews arrived, they found a woman dangling from a sixth-floor window. Cincinnati fire was able to bring in a ladder to rescue the woman, who was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Fire officials said her injuries are considered minor.
The apartment building sustained around $225,000 worth of damage, CFD said.
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Officials have not released the cause of the fire, but said the fire was "suspicious in nature." They are speaking with a "person of interest." The fire is still under investigation.
CFD raised a second alarm to get more crews to the scene for additional help; the fire was challenging to fight because of the large size of the high-rise apartment building, officials said. Roughly 60 firefighters responded to the scene to help, CFD officials said.
One apartment was heavily damaged by the fire and there is smoke and water damage on the sixth floor, CFD said.
According to the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, the CMHA-owned apartment building spans roughly 12 acres, and houses hundreds of residents, though their website does not say exactly how many people live in each building. CMHA's website acknowledges "the property is in need of substantial capital repairs" and vows to "modernize the property and improve conditions while maintaining long-term affordability."
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