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Fire in Medina causes $20K in damage

Staff Reports Posted 5 January 2016 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Firefighters are pictured outside a large apartment house in Medina at about 8:30 this morning.

MEDINA – The fire this morning at a 12-unit apartment house in Medina caused about $20,000 in damage, with $10,000 in damage to contents of the apartment and $10,000 to the rest of the structure, Medina Fire Department officials said.

Firefighters were called to the fire at about 7:45 a.m. Smoke was coming out of a third floor apartment. A second alarm was requested due to the building size as well as the high occupancy of the building.

Bystanders on scene advised fire crews of the location of the fire and advised that there was a person trapped, said Steve Cooley, a firefighter/paramedic and public information officer for Medina Fire Department.

Crews quickly located and extinguished the fire while simultaneously removing the resident from the burning apartment. That resident was transported by the Medina ambulance to the Mercy Flight landing zone and then flown to the Emergency Department at ECMC. That resident was admitted to the Burn Unit at ECMC for smoke inhalation and possible airway burns, Cooley said. As of this afternoon, the resident is in stable condition.

Medina firefighters were assisted on scene by several local fire departments. The fire investigation is being handled by fire investigators with the Medina Fire Department along with assistance from the Medina Police Department.