(Saturday April 5, 2014 A Shift)
Lakewood fire companies were called to reports of smoke coming from a building on Madison Ave. Saturday morning at approximately 6:30am.
Lakewood Fire crews arrived on scene of a 2 story brick taxpayer with heavy smoke showing. Truck 1 established a water supply and advanced a line to the second floor where they encountered high heat conditions, zero visibility and heavy fire. Engine 2 arrived on scene and was assigned to take a take a line to the back of the building to check for fire. Engine 3 arrived on scene and was assigned ventilation and roof.
Rocky River and Fairview Park were quickly called to assist in fire suppression. There was fire on all 3 levels and both second floor apartments. Lakewood Crews from the oncoming shift were called to scene to assist in fire operations.
2 Lakewood firefighters were injured while battling the blaze when fire burned through the floor. Both firefighter were treated and released from the hospital and are expected to return to work this week.
The building was unoccupied, a neighbor called 9-1-1 when he smelled and saw smoke coming from the building.
There was extensive fire damage to the structure. The fire is still under investigation.
Lakewood Companies on Scene: Truck 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Engine 4, Car 2, Squad 1, Squad 2, Squad 3, Air Supply, Car 1, Car 6 & Car 5. Mutual Aid: Rocky River Engine 64, Fairview Park Engine 35.
*Photos & Video courtesy of the Lakewood Observer.