19 families displaced after fire rips through Akron apartments

Published: Feb. 15, 2023 at 6:14 PM EST
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Nineteen families have been displaced after fire broke out at the Timber Top Apartments and Townhomes complex in the 1800 block of Treetop Trail in Akron.

The fire started around 4:20 p.m. on Feb.15.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the building.

When 19 News got to the scene, flames were shooting through the roof at building 24, and two ladder trucks were working from both sides of the building to try and get the fire under control.

According to Akron Fire, 19 of the 26 apartments were occupied at the time of the fire.

Everyone was evacuated, and fire officials confirmed no one was hurt.

However, residents reported several pet cats died in the fire.

Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department assisted on the two-alarm fire.

The flames were under control around 8:45 p.m.

A man named Steven told us he was temporarily staying with his mother at the apartments, and he fears she’s lost everything.

Steven said this is the second time his family has been through a blaze.

He tragically lost his brother in a house fire in 1989

“I want to know what happened with this fire. Like, that’s all I want to know because my momma lost everything. My mom heard a loud boom, and two seconds later, she heard someone screaming that something was on fire. My mom tried to grab everything she could and run out of the house,” Steven described.

The Red Cross was called to the scene to help with displaced occupants, according to the Akron Fire Department.

This is located in the same complex as an October 2022 CO poisoning that hospitalized 10 and killed one person.

Akron Fire shared these photos of crews battling the blaze: