WESTLAKE, Ohio — At least 15 Westlake residents were displaced after a fire at The Courtyard Condominiums on Sunday morning.
Crews from the Westlake Fire Department responded at around 11:30 a.m. to the Courtyard Condominiums, 28260 Detroit Road, for a fire. Most of the calls for the fire came from motorists on I-90.
The fire department said firefighters arrived within eight minutes, which is within the window of an average response time.
When firefighters arrived, they located a well-advanced fire on the third floor of the building that extended to the roof, the release states.
Police were at the scene evacuating residents and helping them remove their pets to safety.
According to the Westlake Fire Department, the first crew who arrived at the scene attempted an aggressive interior attack, but the fire was too advanced so crews retreated.
With help from other neighboring fire departments, crews were able to bring the fire under control in about 1.5 hours. Due to the heat and humidity and the size of the fire, two alarms were called to the scene.
The Red Cross responded to the scene to assist 15 displaced residents.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Westshore Fire Investigation Unit with the help of the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Although the investigation is not over officials do believe the fire was accidental. Investigators are looking at wiring as a possible cause of the fire according to the State Fire Marshal's Office.