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Triple alarm fire in Painesville displaces several families

3-alarm apartment fire in Painesville. (Source: WOIO) 3-alarm apartment fire in Painesville. (Source: WOIO)
Apartment fire in Painesville. (WOIO) Apartment fire in Painesville. (WOIO)
Apartment fire in Painesville under investigation. (WOIO) Apartment fire in Painesville under investigation. (WOIO)
PAINESVILLE, OH (WOIO) - Firefighters from at least three cities battled a fire and cold weather in Painesville Friday.

Fire Chief Mark Mlachak said they got the call around 4:40 a.m. Painesville, Euclid and Mayfield Heights were among the communities who answered. 

Firefighters had to work quickly to make sure everyone got out.

Seven people, including children, were taken to area hospitals, where they were treated and released for smoke inhalation. Theresa Sanchez was one of them and says she's grateful to be alive.

"I'm blessed that I'm okay. Material things can be replaced, but lives can't," said Sanchez.

Officials say the building, located at Liberty and Kensington, contains eight units, but it is unclear if they are all occupied. Firefighters were able to save most of the complex. 

No firefighters were injured, even battling through the bitter cold.

"One is the amount of fire we had. And more importantly the cold that we had. This kind of weather, the guys don't last very long," said Chief Mlachak.

Red Cross assisted residents. Many are also taking shelter in Heritage Middle School, which was closed Friday for a professional day.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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