STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — A fire at an apartment complex Saturday morning in Strongsville displaced the residents of 18 units.
It happened at the Polo Club Apartments, 14595 Polo Club Drive, around 12:22 a.m. A resident called 911 to report there was a fire on his porch.
The occupants of the building self-evacuated after being notified of the danger by police and other residents.
According to the Strongsville Fire Department, crews arrived around 12:29 a.m. to find heavy fire on the porch deck extending to the roof. Cold temps hindered efforts to put out the fire.
Strongsville firefighters received mutual aid from neighboring departments, and the fire was brought under control.
No injuries were reported.
The American Red Cross assisted the tenants with finding immediate housing. The Red Cross said it has provided assistance to 21 people and anticipates helping another 5 to 10.
While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, the Red Cross urges residents to "to use extreme caution when using alternative heat sources, such as space heaters."
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