The Sylvania Township Fire Department is urging voters to pass a new fire levy in an effort to keep the township and city safe.
Issue 13 will be on the Nov. 3 ballot and will address a 35.7% increase in service calls in the past five years, according to the department.
"This levy is most important now due to the increase in population and due to the increase of our run volume. We need more firefighters and fire trucks," said Ryan Sedlock, President of Sylvania Firefighters IAFF Local 2243. "We have a decrease in private ambulance services that we relied on for a lot of years here and we're taking the brunt of that."
WTOL-TV CBS 11 Toledo
A 27-year-old driver has died from injuries in a crash involving a Cincinnati Fire Department ambulance Thursday, according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office.
A coroner’s report identifies him as Levon Davis of Corryville.
The crash occurred on Central Parkway near Marshall Street in Camp Washington Thursday sometime around 8 p.m., according to Cincinnati police.
Two other people were injured, including two Cincinnati Fire Department personnel.
Police said firefighters had to cut Davis out of the vehicle before taking them to the hospital.
The fire personnel suffered non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to recover.
Cincinnati Police Department’s Traffic Unit is investigating the cause of the crash.
WXIX-TV FOX 19 Cincinnati
Five Cleveland Heights firefighters, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, are doing well and expected to make a full recovery.
Cleveland Heights Fire Chief Dave Freeman says the firefighters tested positive last week. He is hoping they will return to work soon.
“They are at the end of their quarantine period right now,” Freeman told Fox 8 Thursday .
He added that the department has made several changes to help keep the community and firefighters safe.
“On every single call and any time we are in public, we wear masks,” Freeman said. “We also always wear gloves and protection for the eyes, too, when we are out.”
WJW-TV FOX 8 Cleveland
A fire at a home in Circleville may have been intentionally set, according to the Circleville Fire Department.
The fire started around 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of South Pickaway Street.
While fire crews were on scene, the Circleville Police Department developed leads as to who may have started the fire and starting investigating the fire as a criminal offense.
Detectives arrested Eugene McClaskey in a home on Summit Avenue and took his into custody.
Fire officials say from the time the fire had started to the time of the arrest was about one hour.
No one was hurt.
People at the scene cheered as firefighters brought a dog and a cat out of the home.
McClaskey was arrested and charged with Aggravated Arson.
WBNS-TV CBS 10 Columbus
A locally owned business along with police in Huber Heights are asking for assistance identifying a person who attempted to set the business on fire.
The owner of Food Bazaar, located along Old Troy Pike, said this is the second time in two months that someone has tried to burn down his business.
Surveillance video from Wednesday, Oct. 14 shows the alleged crime. The owner, who did not want to be identified due to his safety, said he wants to know who and why someone would try to burn down his business. “He had a gallon of, I don’t know if it was gasoline or something, and he just started spraying all around the display that was wrapped and he started the fire,” the owner told News Center 7's Katy Andersen via phone.
WHIO-TV CBS 7 Dayton
Victoria Martin is out of the hospital after she was caught in a fire in her Pleasant Ridge apartment. Thursday she and her son personally thanked to the Cincinnati firefighters who likely saved her life.
“I wanted to tell them, ‘God bless you,’" Martin told FOX19 NOW after meeting with the first responders. “'If it wasn’t for you all, I wouldn’t be here, because that was an awful fire.'”
“They put her life on the line,” Martin’s son, Antonio said, “and I really, really thank them.”
The blaze broke out around 2 a.m. Tuesday. Martin says she’d forgotten to turn her stove off after making some french fries.
“I was screaming my head off — ‘Help!’” she recalled. “That is never anything I want to go through again.”
Cincinnati Fire Department Firefighter Lasha Cauthen was among those who responded to the scene.
WXIX-TV FOX 19 Cincinnati