Roads reopened after crews battled fires in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Fire crews battled a fire involving two buildings in the West 76th Street and Detroit Avenue area Wednesday morning.

Cleveland Fire Department spokesman Larry Gray said one of the buildings involved in the fire off of Detroit Avenue was leaning into the street and could be in danger of collapsing.

Detroit Avenue was closed between West 75th and West 85th streets. Lake Avenue was also closed between West 76th Street and Detroit Avenue. All roads have been reopened.

Gray said the fire broke out in one building at just after 3:11 a.m. That building has collapsed. That fire spread to the building in front of it, and that second building could also collapse. The second building includes three storefronts, but they are all vacant.

One person from a nearby apartment building was having trouble breathing due to smoke after the fires broke out and had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The blaze was just one in a rash of fires that broke out in the city Wednesday morning. Fire officials say at one point, 100 different firefighters in 27 different crews were fighting fires in at least three different locations.

Fire Department spokesman Larry Gray said the city had plenty of crews to respond, but the amount of fires that broke out at around the same time is unusual.

Another fire burned a vacant building to the ground and damaged a neighboring home on Bayliss Avenue.

And at just after 7:30 a.m., crews headed to another fire — this time at a commercial building at East 71st Street and Harvard Avenue.

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