Westbound lanes of Hilliard back open after Rocky River fire


ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (WJW) – Firefighters are still on the scene of a fire at the future Rockport River Luxury Condo building Monday morning.

The four-story building was under construction and located near the intersection of Hillard Boulevard and Valley View Drive.

Hilliard Boulevard is closed between Wooster Road and Valley View Drive.

Two and three bedroom units in the building are listed between $335,000 and $550,000 according to the developer’s website. All that remains of the building are the elevator shafts and stairwells.

The fire started around 6 pm Sunday with flames and smoke easily seen from miles away. The smoke plume was so large FOX8 StormFOX radar was able to detect it on weather maps.

Buildings to the east and west of 18613 Hilliard Blvd. were evacuated. Residents from one of the buildings are still not able to return home. The Red Cross is providing services. No one was injured.

The building was made mostly of wood and according to Rocky River Fire Chief Aaron Lenart did not yet have a sprinkler system installed.

Winds from the south made fighting the fire difficult and sent flaming pieces of debris flying across Hilliard Boulevard and onto both sides of Interstate 90 forcing fire crews to shut the highway down.

Both lanes of westbound traffic on Hilliard Boulevard are open; One lane is open eastbound.

The fire marshal is at the scene to investigate. So far fire officials have not identified a cause.

Power has been restored to all occupied homes and buildings.

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