Akron house fire leaves two injured and taken to the hospital

Akron house fire, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019

AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - An early morning fire closed roads in Akron Saturday. Firefighters pulled two people and at least one dog from the building.

Akron house fire, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019

“I just hope they’re okay, that’s all I hope,” Jerrilyn Hayes, another resident, said while visiting the scene.

Lt. Sierjie Lash said two residents from the house were taken to the hospital. The residents only suffered minor burns and are in good condition.

Akron Fire Department said they responded to a fully involved house defensive attack Saturday morning, Nov. 16, 2019.
Akron Fire Department said they responded to a fully involved house defensive attack Saturday morning, Nov. 16, 2019. (Source: Steven Hernandez)

Erika Sanders, who lives nearby, recalled witnessing the fire first-hand.

“I looked out and I see the fire trucks. I was like ‘oh, they’re my old neighbors!’ So me and my son ran up to see if they were alright," she said.

Akron Fire Department said a second house caught fire as the original blaze spread. The house had smoke damage and windows broken out.

“The city has a big problem with our homes being too close together,” Hayes, another resident, said.

Sanders added that this is not the first fire in the neighborhood.

“Three houses already burned down on that street,” she said, while pointing to another street away from the burnt house. “Now it’s over here so it makes me kind of nervous.”

The Akron Fire Department said a neighbor was displaced from the damaged second house. Red Cross was contacted for her, and Red Cross informed about the victims of the fire.

The cause of the fire is is currently under investigation.

Lt. Lash said residents should remember to be prepared in case of a house fire.

“Each family in our city needs to make sure they have a fire evacuation plan and a meeting place outside so that they can be safe," she said.

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