Fire at Medina apartment house sends 2 to hospital

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 January 2016 at 9:25 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – A fire this morning in a third-floor apartment in Medina injured at least one person with another sent to Medina Memorial Hospital for evaluation. One of the residents had burn injuries and was taken by Mercy Flight to a hospital.

Firefighters were dispatched to 510 West Ave. at 7:46 a.m. There was heavy smoke coming from the third floor. The fire was contained to the one apartment, said Jonathan Higgins, captain with the Medina Fire Department.

Higgins said the fire is under investigation.

Medina Firefighter Ashton Lang climbs the ladder to the top floor of the apartment house, which is owned by Ryan Macdonald of Batavia.

There are about a dozen residents in the building, and most of them relocated next door to the First Baptist Church while the fire was being put out and the building ventilated from smoke.

Marty Busch, Medina code enforcement officer, said he would call the Red Cross for assistance for residents today while the site was ventilated and cleaned up.

Busch said Macdonald has improved the property.

“It’s in the best condition it’s been in in 20 years,” Busch said.

Medina firefighters were assisted at the scene by Lyndonville, Shelby, Ridgeway, and East Shelby firefighters, with Albion and Middleport firefighters and Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance all on standby.