WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Three children and two adults were taken to the hospital Sunday morning after an apartment complex fire burned for two hours.
The fire started at the 1400 block of Fifth St. SW around 4 a.m. Firefighters battled the fire until 6 a.m.
According to a post form the Warren Professional Fire Fighters Local 204 Facebook page, multiple firefighters were hurt as they put out the fire.
Those firefighters were treated by EMS on the scene. None of them were taken to the hospital.
When crews arrived on the scene, the flames were coming from the first and second floors of the building.
Most of the apartments on the opposite side of the building only have water damage, but the roof is torn down over half the building.
All the residents in the building have been evacuated. Red Cross is assisting residents.
The building housed multiple families and many children. Pets also were in the building, but there is no word on their conditions.
One woman said her daughter lives at the opposite end of the building from where the fire started. She shared how she felt the moment she got the call from her daughter.
“I was losing my mind. Running here, there, trying to find keys, trying to find clothes. I didn’t know what to think. But she told me, ‘Mom, it’s not to my apartment yet. Calm down and just get here.’ and that’s what I did,” Debra Robinson, the mother of a resident.
Debra said her daughter was lucky. Her apartment only had water damage.
Displaced residents are now left with a lot of questions and few answers.
Servpro was also on the scene handing out essentials to families.
There is no word on the condition of the five people in the hospital. The State Fire Marshal is hoping to talk to the adults in the building to find out the cause of the fire.
On Sunday, Warren Mayor Doug Franklin shared a post expressing sympathies for the families impacted by the fire.
“We pray for the speedy recovery of those who were transported to the hospital,” wrote Franklin. “We also extend our thanks and gratitude to all of the first responders who responded to this devastating fire.”
The American Red Cross has been called in to assist the displaced families, and Restoration Christian Fellowship is accepting donations.
The Fire Marshal is still investigating.
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