CLEVELAND — Seven people have been transported after a fire ripped through an apartment building on Cleveland's East Side early Thursday morning.
Cleveland firefighters responded to East 143rd Street near Milverton, just north of Kinsman Avenue.
Tough scene this morning E143 near Milverton. Apartment fire with people trapped. I witnessed a CPD officer or EMS (I couldn't tell) running with an infant to an EMS unit. EMS also transported two others. Great work by @CLEpolice @ClevelandEMS @ClevelandFire pic.twitter.com/jouBCWHzXC— Mike Vielhaber (@MVielhaber) June 11, 2020
Cleveland Fire Ladder 36 rescued a baby by bringing the baby down a ladder from a third-floor bedroom window. Engine 41 rescued the mother carrying her down the stairs. Both are in critical condition at this time.
Chief Angelo Calvillo, of the Cleveland Fire Department, gave a statement to News 5. Watch it live in the media player below.
One firefighter suffered a burn injury to his wrist and was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center.
Heavy smoke throughout the building made rescue efforts particularly difficult.
The apartment building comprised of 22 units. A total of four units suffered extensive damage. The fire and the smoke affected all the residents inside the building.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
News 5 will update this story as more information becomes available.
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