Fire destroys apartment building

Emergency dispatchers made the call at 12:19 a.m. Sunday for Hamilton Fire Department to respond to 404 South Fourth St. on the corner of Sycamore and Fourth streets.

When firefighters arrived, they found a large, 2-story, wood-framed apartment structure that was “well involved with fire,” according to fire officials.

The fire had already collapsed part of the roof and consumed more than half of the first and second floors.

The vacant building is owned by the city of Hamilton, and was listed on the department’s “Do Not Enter” list for hazardous structures, fire officials said.

The fire was fought from the outside and, with the exception of one medic unit, all of the department’s operating fire units were on the scene. That consisted of four engines, one ladder tower, two medic units and a shift commander.

Firefighters remained on the scene for more than four hours to extinguish the blaze.

The building, which is estimated to be a total loss, is valued at $13,090, fire officials said.

No injuries were reported. The fire remains under investigation.

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