Apartments Destroyed in Overnight Fire

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MEDINA, Ohio — Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a large fire that damaged several apartments at a complex in Medina.

Firefighters responded to the scene at Birch Hill Apartments at 4:10 a.m. Thursday.

Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter says at least 11 units were destroyed by fire, smoke or water. He says all are uninhabitable.

Painter says as many as 8 families are displaced, and are being assisted by the Red Cross. One woman was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation.

According to Chief Painter, icy conditions did provide a challenge for the five fire departments that assisted in battling the blaze. Painter says it may have started on a back patio, but the investigation is not yet complete.

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