Woman, 3 Kids Rescued from Burning Building

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Cleveland firefighters assist a child into an SUV, after a fire on Rocky River Drive. (Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)

CLEVELAND — A woman says she is thankful that her family is alive after firefighters rescued them from a burning apartment building Thursday morning.

The blaze broke out inside a two-story apartment building in the 4200 block of Rocky River Drive, just after 7:30 a.m.

Cleveland fire officials say when crews arrived on scene, they encountered heavy flames pouring out of a front window.

Firefighters charged through the front entrance of the building and went upstairs to a rear apartment, where Kelly Ottenweller lives with her three children.

“They screamed, ‘Fire, fire! There is a really bad fire; get out right now,’ and one of the firemen carried my two kids down, and I wrapped my baby up and walked him downstairs, and they put me in the fire SUV. If they wouldn’t have came, I wouldn’t have known,” Ottenweller told Fox 8 News.

Cleveland fire spokesperson Larry Gray says no one was in the apartment where the fire originated. Officials are still investigating a cause.

Luckily, no one was hurt.

There were working smoke detectors in the apartment, which Gray says should serve as a reminder to residents to change their batteries.

The Red Cross is assisting the affected residents.