BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – It was a group effort Saturday morning to rescue people trapped on the upper floors of a Boardman apartment that caught fire.
The fire started around 9:50 a.m. at 8428 Colwyn Court.
Boardman Fire Chief Mark Pitzer said people were hanging out of the windows, calling for help, when crews arrived. Firefighters rescued two people from one side of the building.
Police and bystanders helped rescue people from the other side of the building using ladders.
Chris Hughes lives in an apartment next to the one that caught fire. He said he heard people shouting that the apartment next door caught fire and that not everyone was out.
“We ran over. We saw some people outside, or hanging out the windows, rather, as well as people in the driveway. We just did what we could to get them out,” he said.
Pitzer said the situation could have been worse and help from other agencies meant the fire was put out quickly.
“A fire in an apartment building is a very taxing thing for us. We can’t do it without the help of other agencies and our police departments are always there to lend a hand as well,” Pitzer said.
Pitzer said the fire started from a child playing with a lighter in the bedroom of one of the lower-level apartments.
Two people went to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.
The apartment has six units.
All of the people living there have been displaced due to heavy smoke damage. The American Red Cross is assisting them.