WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - Fire spread through a Warrensville Heights apartment building after a Monday afternoon SWAT situation.
More than an hour after authorities arrived at the Miles Landing Apartments on Caroline Drive, smoke was seen coming from the roof. Soon after, police officers escorted a person out of the building in handcuffs.
It all started when a couple were arguing in one of the apartments, authorities said. They said the man threatened to kill the woman and her children, who were at school at the time.
Authorities said the standoff began after she ran for help, and the man eventually started a fire in his own apartment.
Windy conditions fueled the blaze into the evening, and officials said the building is a total loss.
Residents of the apartment building had already been evacuated because of the SWAT situation, and no injuries have been reported.
About a dozen families were displaced by the flames, however. Those families can report to the Warrensville Heights Civic and Senior Center. The Red Cross was on scene Monday evening helping those affected.
Donna Jackson said her 38-year-old daughter was being held against her will in her own apartment.
"He jumped on my daughter," she said. "My daughter got away and this is the aftermath."
Jackson said her daughter left when the man demanded she give him $20.
"She ran out the door and she has on her pajamas, but that's OK, she's got her life," Jackson said.
The victim said the man who started the fire is her husband, and that they have been together for 18 years. She said she has no idea why he would do this.
Jackson believes her daughter may have died if she'd stayed in the apartment.
"He just lost his mind," she said.
Sara Goldenberg and Lydia Esparra contributed to this report.