Leadership

Cincinnati Church Hit by Arson Fire Just Before Sunday Services Began

Issue 12 and Volume 134.

Cincinnati Church Hit by Arson Fire Just Before Sunday Services Began Fire was discovered in a Cincinnati church last July 19 just minutes before Sunday services were to begin. Extraalarm fire companies soon had to be called to assist undermanned crews fight the $150,000 blaze. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but according to Fire Investigator Steve Hillman, it may be arson. Fire officials blame the large loss of this fire on numerous structural problems which made proper ventilation of the initial basement fire impossible. And, according to Cincinnati Fire Chief Norman L. Wells, although sufficient fire apparatus responded on the first three alarms, fourth and fifth-alarm companies were called for manpower. Wells said several companies were running with only three men because of a department-wide manpower shortage that day. A class of 60 fire recruits in a 15-week training program still had two weeks to…

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