CLEVELAND — A woman was transported in critical condition after a house fire in Cleveland’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood, according to a spokesperson for the department.
Firefighters received a call just after 10 a.m. and crews were quickly dispatched to the 12400 block of Signet Avenue, where firefighters found a well-involved attic fire in a three-story home.
Lt. Mike Norrman, of the Cleveland Division of Fire, said the volume of the fire and the challenges with the water supply due to frigid temperatures prompted an exterior attack.
“Our crews got in there the attic we found the attic well involved with fire. And we had a little some challenges getting water," Norman said. “And that's one thing this time of year, the hydrants can be difficult to access. We ask people to shovel their hydrants out if they think about it, or if they can do it safely, give us three feet of space and open it up to the street so we can find it quicker in an emergency."
An adult female from the home was found outside in the street when firefighters arrived.
She was transported in critical condition to MetroHealth Medical Center.
The cause of the fire is being investigated. The home was heavily damaged and firefighters found a lot of debris inside.
"That fire had gone through the roof. So the battalion chief on scene made a decision to fight that from a defensive standpoint. We were outside that structure until we got it sort of under control and then it was safe to go inside," Norman said.
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