RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) - Firefighters worked to put out flames at a Riverside apartment building early Tuesday morning, but they also battled the hot summer weather.
Riverside Chief Joseph Greil said firefighters were called to the scene at 34 Nimitz Drive around 3:30 a.m.
They arrived to find flames shooting from a smoke stack on the roof.
Chief Greil said there was a man living in the apartment but he wasn't home at the time of the fire.
The flames were starting to spread to the apartment next to it, which no one was living in.
Riverside fire department called for back up, utilizing crews from Dayton and Wright Patt.
"Due to the extreme heat and humidity, it's important that you rotate your crews through more often, you make them take longer breaks, hydrate them more-- whether it's water, Gatorade, cold towels. That way their body is able to recoup a little bit before you put them back to work," said Chief Greil.
Investigators were going to be on scene around 8:00 or 9:00 a.m. to search the area in the daylight.
Officials were having trouble getting in touch with the man who lives in the apartment unit. They said the man may have been on a fishing trip.
The cause has not been determined.
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