Crews battling fire at building on Cleveland’s east side

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CLEVELAND, Ohio– Crews are battling a large fire on the city’s east side. Cleveland fire told FOX 8 that firefighters are on the scene of a building fire on East 76th Street.
There is hazardous material in the building, so Hazmat is also on-scene.

Cleveland fire, police and hazmat crews have been battling it since 11am.

Fox 8 spoke with a witness, Sherman Kyle, who ran in and had his mother call 911. He said it started with a few explosions.

“It was early. I was coming outside to check my mail; I just heard a big boom,” Kyle said. “I looked to my right and it’s coming from an old mechanical building.”

Cleveland firefighters on-scene could not tell Fox 8 what was inside the building but told the crew to move back because it was extremely toxic.

Kyle says it surprises him because he always thought the building was abandoned.

“It’s always been a quiet street. It’s an old, dark and closed down building so we didn’t expect a fire to happen.”

Cleveland police have part of Union road and part of East 75th closed off while they fight the smoke.

The smoke has gone down but there was a large black smoke funnel billowing up that could be seen for miles.

Stay with FOX 8 News and fox8.com for more details.