Apartment Fire Injures Two Firefighters, Displaces Families

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(Fire on Buckeye Rd. in Cleveland)

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CLEVELAND--Two firefighters were injured while battling an apartment fire on Buckeye Road in Cleveland, Friday night.

Officials said part of the roof fell on the firefighters while they were inside the building.

(Fire on Buckeye Rd. in Cleveland)
(Fire on Buckeye Rd. in Cleveland)

They were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. Their injuries are not believed to be critical.

Cleveland Interim Fire Chief Pat Kelly told FOX 8, that at one point, half of the force of the Cleveland Fire Department was at the scene fighting the fire, which started just after 8:30 p.m.

Kelly said the fire started between the first and second floor in an area that wasn't occupied and spread quickly.

All floors of the three-story building were engulfed, with flames coming out of the roof.

The first floor of the building houses businesses; the other two floors are apartments.

Christine Moran with The American Red Cross Northeast Ohio Region tells FOX 8 News, 9 families living inside the building were assisted with food and clothing. The families were all offered shelter, but refused.

They are now staying with family or friends.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

Stay with FOX 8 News and FOX8.com for new information.

(FOX 8's Suzanne Stratford contributed to this report.)

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