(Friday February 21, 2014 A Shift)
Lakewood fire companies responded to the 14800 block of Clifton Avenue just before 4:30 p.m. for an apartment fire with reports of a person trapped.
Fire companies arrived on scene to smoke showing on the second floor of a 31 suite multi-family dwelling with reports of a trapped person. The initial fire attack team extinguished the origin of the fire in a second floor apartment but the fire quickly spread to the 3rd and 4th floors. A civilian was rescued from the fire apartment by Lakewood Firefighters.
Lakewood crews received assistance in fighting the fire from Rocky River, Fairview Park and Westlake. Six units we’re damaged and 20 residents were displaced from the fire. One civilian was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained in the fire.
According to Lakewood Fire Chief Scott Gilman, the fire started in a second-floor apartment and spread through the walls of the bathrooms and kitchens to the third floor and fourth floors. “It got into the walls fast,” Chief Gilman said, “When it gets into that concealed space, it goes right up into the area above the ceiling and it takes a lot of work and manpower to pull all the ceilings, get it down and expose the fire.”
*Photos from the Clifton fire courtesy of The Lakewood Observer.