|An extension ladder stretched to the third floor window at 511 N. Fort Thomas Avenue this morning. FTM file.|
Captain Chris Amon of the Fort Thomas Fire Department said that Fort Thomas Firefighters were training at the fire house this morning at 9:30 a.m. when someone drove to the department to report smoke billowing out of the three-story single-family home.
"We dispatched for a working fire with Newport, Bellevue-Dayton and Southgate departments and found heavy fire in the first, second and third floor when they got here," he said.
Sgt. Chris Carpenter of the Fort Thomas Police said that he smelled smoke around that time and went to go check on a parking complaint in the area.
"By the time I got done checking on that, smoke was pouring out of the home," he said.
Amon reported that no one was home when they got there and no one, including the pets, were injured. There was extensive smoke and fire damage
Chief Mark Bailey, who was also on scene, said that the owner thought that he may have left a candle burning, but the cause of the fire was still undetermined.
"There is still smoke in the house," said Amon. "As soon as it clears out, investigators will get in there and start digging through it, which will take at least a few hours. The home is inhabitable right now."
Resident, Judy Alessandro, lives adjacent to 511 N. Fort Thomas Avenue.
"There was a lot of smoke and flames coming out of the back of the home. The firefighters have been on the roof trying to get it contained."
Bailey said that as firefighters were on the roof, a raccoon came out of the chimney, unharmed, and sat on the roof while first responders tamped down the flames.
Bailey said the animal was not the cause of the fire.
"I guess eventually he'll find his way down," said Bailey.
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|Duke Energy employees were on hand to cut off utilities to the home. FTM file.|
|Smoke was billowing throughout the neighborhood. FTM file.|