Fire at apart­ment dis­places 70 res­i­dents

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Front Page - By Bill DeBus bde­bus@news-her­ald.com @bde­busnh on Twit­ter

A fire at a Painesville apart­ment com­plex on the night of Nov. 8 dis­placed about 70 res­i­dents of the build­ing in the af­ter­math of the blaze.

The Painesville Fire Depart­ment was dis­patched to a fire at the Trop­i­cal Vil­lage Apart­ments on West Wal­nut Street at 9:25 p.m., city Fire Chief Mark Mlachak said.

When fire­fight­ers ar­rived on the scene about 2 min­utes later, they dis­cov­ered a fully in­volved sec­ond-floor apart­ment, Mlachak said.

All res­i­dents of the build­ing were evac­u­ated and the oc­cu­pant of the apart­ment where the fire oc­curred was trans­ported to TriPoint Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Con­cord Town­ship with in­juries not con­sid­ered life threat­en­ing.

Af­ter be­ing evac­u­ated from their apart­ments, all res­i­dents needed to find tem­po­rary, al­ter­na­tive liv­ing ar­range­ments be­cause the build­ing’s gas and power were shut off. The Amer­i­can Red Cross of North­east Ohio was on hand to help dis­placed res­i­dents, a news re­lease from the city of Painesville stated.

Most of the Trop­i­cal Vil­lage res­i­dents were able to re­turn to their apart­ments

on Nov. 10, Mlachak said. The only ex­cep­tions were the apart­ment where the blaze broke out and sev­eral ad­join­ing apart­ments, which also sus­tained smoke and wa­ter dam­age.

Unat­tended cook­ing was ruled as the cause of the fire, Mlachak said.

Painesville ini­tially re­ceived mu­tual aid on the call from the Painesville Town­ship, Con­cord Town­ship and Fair­port Har­bor Vil­lage fire de­part­ments. Ad­di­tional mu­tual aid was re­quested later and pro­vided by fire de­part­ments from Men­tor, Kirt­land, and Grand River Vil­lage, along with the Perry and Madi­son fire districts.

The fire was de­clared un­der con­trol at 10:08 p.m., the chief added.

Mlachak said he did not have a dam­age es­ti­mate from the fire, in mon­e­tary terms, to re­port on Nov. 10.

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