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.
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.