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Parma apartment fire hospitalizes 2, displaces residents in 12 units, causes $1 million in damage

Cold hampers response
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Posted at 6:25 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 06:26:15-05

PARMA, Ohio — An elderly resident and a firefighter were hospitalized after a fire broke out at State Hill Manor in Parma late Thursday, according to T.J. Martin, a spokesperson for the Parma Fire Department.

Just after 11:30 p.m., firefighters from Parma, Parma Heights, Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn responded to State Hill Manor apartment complex, located at 6551 State Road.

Heavy smoke and fire was found throughout the third-floor units.

Firefighters rescued an elderly resident from the third-floor apartment by using a ladder. The resident'ss condition is unknown at this time.

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Firefighters respond to fire at a Parma apartment complex that caused 12 units to be displaced.

The fire was contained to two of the four apartments of the third floor. Martin said as crews applied water to the third floor, they were hampered by icy and snow conditions.

The fire displaced all residents in the 12-unit building. The Red Cross is assisting the Parma Fire Department to find immediate shelter and housing for the displaced residents.

The spokesperson for the department said the firefighter who was transported to University Hospitals Parma Campus had a non-life-threatening injury. The firefighter is expected to make a full recovery.

The Parma Fire Prevention and Investigation Unit is investigating the cause and origin of the fire. Initial damage reports estimated the fire caused $1 million in damage due to the fire and smoke.