Residents evacuated following apartment fire in north Toledo

Fire investigators have classified the fire as accidental and caused by unsupervised cooking.

TOLEDO, Ohio – People who live in an apartment building on N. Erie Street near Cherry Street in north Toledo were forced to leave their homes early Wednesday morning because of a fire.

The fire started just before 3 a.m. on the eighth floor. When WTOL 11 crews arrived on site, visible smoke came from a window on this floor.

A spokesman for the Toledo Fire Department said crews helped tenants on the eighth floor exit the apartment building. Attack teams entered one of the units and found a kitchen fire that was quickly put out. The fire did not spread to neighboring units.

The Covenant House parking lot was packed with families with children and the elderly covered with blankets trying to keep warm in freezing temperatures. EMS staff set up a sector in the lobby to rate all residents.

A resident was treated locally for an illness and was taken to a local hospital in stable condition, according to TFRD.

The trunk crews ventilated the eighth floor with fans to remove smoke and heated gases. This enabled the residents, with the exception of the tenants, to return to their apartments floor by floor.

The fire department contacted the Red Cross and the organization is now working with the complex manager to assist the 18 eighth floor inmates who were evicted.

Fire investigators have classified the fire as accidental and caused by unsupervised cooking.

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