Apartment Complex Suffers Extensive Damage After Fire

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EUCLID, Ohio - An apartment complex catches fire Saturday afternoon, leaving extensive damage to one of the units.

Euclid firefighters had to rescue a handful of people from a second story balcony when the smoke became too thick.

"I wasn't expecting this, this is really scary," said Patricia McDowell, who came home to a fire at her apartment complex.

Residents on Brush Ave. were afraid for their belongings, but more importantly their safety after the afternoon smoke and flames.

"We want to make sure that everybody's out safely first, and when they first
entered into the apartment complex, they couldn't see anything. It was pitch black
and the flames were coming out closer to the door," said Capt. Dave Rowell, with the Euclid Fire Department.

The fire forced a handful of people out onto a second story balcony at the building.

"Upon arrival we saw a couple people on the second floor in the corner over there. We had some civilians and some of the other firefighters helping them off the balcony," Capt. Rowell said.

The damage left behind was extensive. However, firefighters could not say how much was lost due to the fire.

Capt. Rowell explained the fire broke out in a back apartment unit on the first floor, but thankfully there were firewalls at the complex which stopped the fire from spreading.

"All of a sudden I see all of these trucks rolling down Brush Ave. and I said,
our apartment's on fire what happened," said McDowell.

McDowell wasn't home when the fire started, and thankfully neither was her dog 'Panda.'

"I was worried about my dog. I could have left him in the house, he could have
been gone. I'm so glad I took him with me," she said.

Firefighters with Wickliffe, Willowick, Richmond Hts., and South Euclid responded to the apartment fire.  No one was injured.

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