Woman, 3 Kids Rescued from Burning Building
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.