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Fatal Parma Heights apartment fire that displaced over 100 originated in 75-year-old victim's unit

Posted at 3:29 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 15:29:57-04

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — The fire that killed a 75-year-old woman and displaced more than 100 people on Friday did originate from the woman’s apartment, Parma Heights police officials confirmed Monday.

The Fire Marshal is unable to determine the cause of the fire at this time, officials said. They are also still trying to locate the deceased woman’s next of kin, and will not release her identity until they have done so.

Best Furniture at 6485 Pearl Road in Parma Heights is collecting donations for residents affected by the fire, police said in an update. They are collecting toiletries, clothes, non-perishable food items, elderly care products, hygiene products, toys, pet supplies and towels. They are not accepting furniture or monetary donations at this time.
Firefighters responded to the Camelot Apartments in the 12000 block of Huffman Road around 10:30 p.m. Friday.

The 75-year-old woman who died was found inside her fouth-floor apartment. No other injuries were reported.

In total, 70 apartments were damaged by the fire, water or smoke, authorities said. The damage has displaced more than 100 residents.

The Red Cross is assisting the families that were displaced.

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