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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Update on Fire on Custis Drive

Fort Thomas fire crews were called to the corner of Custis and Alexandria Way this morning at about 6:15 AM.

The two-alarm fire was started on the first floor and made its way up the two story apartment building complex, causing a lot of smoke damage. Officials on scene did say that they do not think the building is a total loss.

According to sources on the scene, there was one person taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Fort Thomas with respiratory issues. It was a deaf and blind man who had trouble navigating through the intense smoke. He is expected to be released today.

Cpt. Greg Schultz of the Fort Thomas Fire Department said that the smoke alarms were functioning and exists were readily accessible, but stressed the importance of responding quickly to early signals. "A resident had reported that they had smelled something burning as early as 4:30 AM and had actually called the landlord to report a problem with the boiler. It's very important that when you hear a smoke alarm or smell smoke to respond as quickly as possible."

Cpt. Shultz also stressed the importance of knowing an exit plan.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. There was also a fire last week in Fort Thomas on Arcadia Drive, caused by a clogged dryer vent. That house also received a major smoke damage. 

With the sub zero temperatures fire hazards are commonplace this time of year. 


  1. Since when did Alexandria Pike become Alexandria Way!

  2. I think it was changed last Spring maybe. I can't remember for sure.