Crews Fight Fire in Bellaire High Rise



All of the residents in the Rose Hill Tower are back in the building as of 9:45 p.m. Sunday night.


Residents who live in the Rose Hill Tower said they are frustrated with situations like Sunday’s fire. “Just because some idiot wants to throw something on fire down the trash shoot because nobody has any respect anymore,” said Dave Cognion.

According to residents, the fire alarms are pulled frequently in the building, so that made the real fire more traumatic. 

“Shaking, I’m afraid it’s going to happen again. There’s been numerous times that people have pulled the fire alarm and its been false alarms and it seems like nobody wants to do anything about it,” said Angel Blake, a woman who lives in the building.  

Belmont County Commissioners Mark Thomas and Matt Coffland were on scene helping people get shelter and food for the night. Displaced residents are staying at the Bellaire Senior Center and the Salvation Army until the building re-opens. Depending on the investigation and damage, it could be a few days. 

“Whatever we have to do to make sure they’re accommodated, and if we don’t have enough room, we’ll open another center,” Coffland said.

Many residents didn’t want to leave, and said they need access to their medication and are worried about their personal belongings.

One resident, Dave Steadman, said he was hoping to get back in by Sunday night, and that he hoped there wasn’t a lot of water damage to the rooms. 

Blake said she hoped to be able to get her service animal, “I’ve been shaking since all this because I don’t have her with me.”

Many of the residents said they want someone to crack down on the building. “It’s not the people that do it that suffer for it, it’s the people that have no respect, it’s the people that actually do care about everything get penalized for everything,” Cognion said.

Blake suggested security cameras to try and catch whoever pulls the fire alarms on a regular basis.

Stay with 7News as details develop on this story.

Crews are on the scene of a high rise fire in Bellaire on Monroe Street in the Rose Hill Tower. 

The call came in a little after 4 p.m. on Sunday, drawing an emergency response from several towns nearby.

A few people were injured in the fire, suffering smoke inhalation.

The fire was on the sixth floor of the building and started in a trash chute, according to officials. Most of the damage was sustained from water, especially on the first floor of the building.

Crews from OR&W, Shadyside, Martins Ferry and Bellaire fire arrived on scene, as well as officers from Bellaire Police, the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department, Bridgeport Police, and Shadyside Police responded.

The building was evacuated and residents are being taken to the Bellaire Senior Center.

There was one person found dead on arrival, but investigators said it appeared the person had been deceased for several days. They stressed the death had nothing to do with the fire. 

The fire remains under investigation. Stay with 7News and for details as they develop. 

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