2 injured in Euclid retirement home fire

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Published: Nov. 12, 2021 at 11:36 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 12, 2021 at 3:13 PM EST
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EUCLID, Ohio (WOIO) - Two retirement home residents were injured in a fire Friday morning and 12 apartments were damaged by the smoke and heat.

Euclid firefighters were called out to Hilltop Village in the 25000 block of Euclid Avenue at 9:46 a.m.

Hilltop Village has 202 attached living units on 3.5 acres with no sprinklers.

Inside Hilltop Village after a fire on Nov. 12, 2021.
Inside Hilltop Village after a fire on Nov. 12, 2021.((Source: WOIO))

When firefighters arrived at 9:53 a.m., they said they found a working fire inside the northeast section of the property.

There was heavy fire in the hallway and firefighters said they helped multiple residents get safely out of the burning building.

According to firefighters, the conditions they encountered are what is called a “blowtorch fire” and they asked for help from Wickliffe, Richmond Heights, South Euclid and Willowick fire departments.

A total of 30 firefighters ended up fighting the blaze.

The two victims were taken to UH-Richmond Medical Center where they are being treated for smoke inhalation.

Their names are not being released, but firefighters said their injuries are non-life threatening.

The fire was declared under control at 10:22 a.m., but firefighters continued to work to make sure the fire was fully extinguished.

According to firefighters, doors which automatically closed when the fire alarm sounded, helped contain the fire to a 200′ hallway and limited smoke travel.

Euclid firefighters and investigators with the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s office are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Damage is currently estimated at over $1 million dollars.

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