A massive fire overnight damaged a historic building in Loveland in a popular part of the city for shopping and outdoor activities.
West Loveland Avenue near the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail is closed to pedestrians and motorists as Loveland-Symmes firefighters continue working after responding to the fire call around 1:30 a.m., according to our news partner in Cincinnati, WCPO-Ch. 9.
Flames spread from one end to the other of a mixed retail and residential building that has been renovated several times, according to WCPO’s report.
Everyone escaped the building and there were no reports of injuries, although a firefighter was overcome with exhaustion while fighting the flames, according to WCPO’s report.
Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder told the media outlet the part of the building that sustained the most fire damage did not have a sprinkler system, and the side that did have sprinklers sustained water damage.
The cause is under investigation and the city engineer’s office has been called to determine whether the building is structurally sound.