1 dead, more than 100 displaced after apartment complex fire in Parma Heights

Published: Jul. 27, 2019 at 11:32 PM EDT
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PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - Crews were called to an apartment fire that broke out late Friday night in Parma Heights.

The fire happened at the Camelot Apartments located at 12225 Huffman Road.

Lou Stevens was inside her apartment when she realized her 75-year-old neighbor’s unit was on fire.

“The door was locked, and so I ran back to where my apartment is," said Stevens. "In between both of our apartments is the fire alarm, and so I ran, and I pulled the fire alarm.”

Then she ran door-to-door trying to alert her neighbors. All of them were able to escape, except for the 75-year-old woman, who died in the fire.

Police were called to the scene around 10:30 p.m. Friday.

According to the Parma Heights Police Department, the fire continued into the morning hours of July 27.

More than 100 others were displaced, including Nicholas Stepo.

“All my stuff’s flooded. Everything, all the carpet, all my belongings, are probably gonna be wet," said Stepo.

The Red Cross set up a temporary station at a nearby elementary school to assist the dozens of displaced families.

“We’ve had a number of folks come by, and we’re anticipating more," said Regional Disaster Officer Tim O’Toole.

Fire investigators have not identified the cause of the deadly fire.

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