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Monday, October 19, 2020

1 killed in Westerville apartment fire

A woman is dead after an apartment fire in Westerville Saturday morning. Firefighters were called to the fire on North Virginia Lane around 5:20 a.m. The Westerville Fire Department said 32-year-old Chaude Reed died in the fire. Investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen. No other injuries have been reported. About 20 people have been displaced because of the fire, and are receiving assistance from the Red Cross. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
WBNS-TV CBS 10 Columbus

Berea council supports first responders by endorsing state PTSD legislation

At their Oct. 5 meeting, Berea City Council members unanimously approved a resolution in support of House Bill 308, a measure to provide assistance to first responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The legislation, commonly known as the First Responders PTSD Benefits Bill, has been approved by the Ohio House of Representatives and is sponsored by state Rep. Tom Patton, a Republican representing District 7. Council’s resolution urges the Ohio General Assembly to quickly enact H.B. 308. “This bill will allow first responders, including peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers who suffer from PTSD acquired on the job and due to their employment, to be eligible to receive compensation and benefits, whether or not they possess accompanying physical injuries,” the Berea resolution indicates.
Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com

Firefighters rescue two people, dog from North Royalton home after fire breaks out

A fire broke out at a residence on the 13200 block of State Road Sunday, the North Royalton Fire Department confirmed. Two people were rescued from the home after the blaze started around 1 p.m., firefighters said. One was an older woman, who was reportedly unresponsive when first found, so first responders began CPR. The woman was taken to University Hospitals first, but has since reportedly been moved to MetroHealth Medical Center. One other family member who was in the home was treated for smoke inhalation, the department said. A dog was also rescued from the blaze and is reportedly in good condition. The fire is still under investigation at this time and the extent of the damage is still unknown.
WJW-TV Fox 8 Cleveland

Firefighters put out vacant house fire in Youngstown

irefighters put out a fire at a vacant house Sunday evening in Youngstown. It happened on N Hazelwood Avenue after 4 p.m. According to the Youngstown Fire Department, the house has been vacant for six years. Firefighters also said that the fire started in one of the upstairs bedrooms and that no utilities were on at the time of the fire. When crews got to the house, they saw the back door of the home was open.
WKBN-TV 27 Youngstown

East Wayne responds to fire at Mars Horsecare

A large structure fire was kept in check by the East Wayne Fire District and other area fire departments on Sunday. East Wayne was dispatched for a fire alarm at Mars Horsecare Co., located at 330 E. Schultz St., at 10:37 a.m., according to Fire Chief Kyle Nussbaum. The fire broke out in the production area of the horse feed mill. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy black smoke in the middle of the building, and fire was starting to breach the roof and the eaves. “Crews made an aggressive interior attack” to suppress the fire, Nussbaum said. At that time, mutual aid was called and the scene became a working structure fire. Orrville Fire Department brought a ladder truck and provided “aerial recon” to give an assist from above the scene. The team on top was also ready if the roof gave way to the fire.
Wooster Daily Record

Friday, October 16, 2020

Sylvania Township Fire Dept. pushes for voters to pass 1.9 mill fire levy

The Sylvania Township Fire Department is urging voters to pass a new fire levy in an effort to keep the township and city safe. Issue 13 will be on the Nov. 3 ballot and will address a 35.7% increase in service calls in the past five years, according to the department. "This levy is most important now due to the increase in population and due to the increase of our run volume. We need more firefighters and fire trucks," said Ryan Sedlock, President of Sylvania Firefighters IAFF Local 2243. "We have a decrease in private ambulance services that we relied on for a lot of years here and we're taking the brunt of that."
WTOL-TV CBS 11 Toledo

Driver dies from injuries in crash with Cincinnati Fire Department ambulance, coroner confirms

A 27-year-old driver has died from injuries in a crash involving a Cincinnati Fire Department ambulance Thursday, according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office. A coroner’s report identifies him as Levon Davis of Corryville. The crash occurred on Central Parkway near Marshall Street in Camp Washington Thursday sometime around 8 p.m., according to Cincinnati police. Two other people were injured, including two Cincinnati Fire Department personnel. Police said firefighters had to cut Davis out of the vehicle before taking them to the hospital. The fire personnel suffered non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to recover. Cincinnati Police Department’s Traffic Unit is investigating the cause of the crash.
WXIX-TV FOX 19 Cincinnati

Cleveland Heights firefighters diagnosed with COVID-19 said to be doing well, expected to recover

Five Cleveland Heights firefighters, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, are doing well and expected to make a full recovery. Cleveland Heights Fire Chief Dave Freeman says the firefighters tested positive last week. He is hoping they will return to work soon. “They are at the end of their quarantine period right now,” Freeman told Fox 8 Thursday . He added that the department has made several changes to help keep the community and firefighters safe. “On every single call and any time we are in public, we wear masks,” Freeman said. “We also always wear gloves and protection for the eyes, too, when we are out.”
WJW-TV FOX 8 Cleveland

Suspect arrested for allegedly starting fire at Circleville home

A fire at a home in Circleville may have been intentionally set, according to the Circleville Fire Department. The fire started around 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of South Pickaway Street. While fire crews were on scene, the Circleville Police Department developed leads as to who may have started the fire and starting investigating the fire as a criminal offense. Detectives arrested Eugene McClaskey in a home on Summit Avenue and took his into custody. Fire officials say from the time the fire had started to the time of the arrest was about one hour. No one was hurt. People at the scene cheered as firefighters brought a dog and a cat out of the home. McClaskey was arrested and charged with Aggravated Arson.
WBNS-TV CBS 10 Columbus

Police investigate 2 arsons at Huber Heights business

A locally owned business along with police in Huber Heights are asking for assistance identifying a person who attempted to set the business on fire. The owner of Food Bazaar, located along Old Troy Pike, said this is the second time in two months that someone has tried to burn down his business. Surveillance video from Wednesday, Oct. 14 shows the alleged crime. The owner, who did not want to be identified due to his safety, said he wants to know who and why someone would try to burn down his business. “He had a gallon of, I don’t know if it was gasoline or something, and he just started spraying all around the display that was wrapped and he started the fire,” the owner told News Center 7's Katy Andersen via phone.
WHIO-TV CBS 7 Dayton

‘God bless you:’ Woman thanks Cincy firefighters for saving her life

Victoria Martin is out of the hospital after she was caught in a fire in her Pleasant Ridge apartment. Thursday she and her son personally thanked to the Cincinnati firefighters who likely saved her life. “I wanted to tell them, ‘God bless you,’" Martin told FOX19 NOW after meeting with the first responders. “'If it wasn’t for you all, I wouldn’t be here, because that was an awful fire.'” “They put her life on the line,” Martin’s son, Antonio said, “and I really, really thank them.” The blaze broke out around 2 a.m. Tuesday. Martin says she’d forgotten to turn her stove off after making some french fries. “I was screaming my head off — ‘Help!’” she recalled. “That is never anything I want to go through again.” Cincinnati Fire Department Firefighter Lasha Cauthen was among those who responded to the scene.
WXIX-TV FOX 19 Cincinnati

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