Overnight Fire Rips Through Apartment Complex

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NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio -- Residents of a North Royalton apartment complex experienced a rude awakening early Wednesday morning as fire quickly spread through their building, Fox 8's Stacey Frey reports.

The blaze broke out just before 3 a.m. inside the Spruce Run Apartments at 13293 Spruce Run Drive in North Royalton. That's located in between State Route 82 and the Ohio Turnpike.

Crews from the North Royalton Fire Department, Parma Fire Department and Strongsville Fire Department responded to the scene. As of 6:30 a.m., firefighters were still there putting out hot spots.

A spokesperson for the North Royalton Police Department tells Fox 8 News that all apartment occupants made it out of the building safely. Frey reports that a ladder was used to rescue one couple.

The city's fire chief says that his department's investigation is just beginning, but it looks as if the blaze started on the second floor before spreading onto the third floor and into the attic. Flames could be seen shooting out the roof of the big complex.

The chief adds that there was initial concern regarding spillover into nearby apartments, but crews were fortunately able to contain the fire to one-half of the one building.

A cause is not yet known.

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