Fire in the trash chute at the Carter Manor Apartments billowed into the stairways and hallways.
The heavy smoke at 1012 Prospect Avenue in Cleveland triggered a triple two alarm.
Per Larry Gray of Cleveland Fire, firefighters are doing a floor by floor search, to be sure are residents are evacuated.
Residents will be allowed back into their apartments when firefighters are sure there are no injured inside.
There was a fire on the 10th floor of this apartment, just last week, on December 16.