Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Woman jumps from burning apt. building on Lafayette Ave.

Multiple media sources are reporting 9 families with 21 people were displaced after a fire broke out at 1:30 a.m. today in an apartment building in the 4000 block of Lafayette Ave. According to this Enquirer article, 2 children are being credited with saving all 21 occupants when they heard smoke detectors go off. Capt. Brett Cartuyvelles with the Norwood Fire Dept. said, "The kids woke up and got everybody out. They were very, very, very lucky.” Two people were taken to local hospitals with what appeared to be minor injuries, including a woman who broke her ankle after jumping three stories from an apartment above the fire. The other resident suffered smoke inhalation, Cartuyvelles said.

According to investigators, a lit cigarette left on a couch caused the fire. Damage is estimated at about $100,000. Three apartments were damaged by flames, but all the units in the building suffered water damage. The Red Cross is helping the 9 displaced families.