Toledo 3RD ALARM Apartment Fire audio

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The Toledo 3RD ALARM Apartment Fire audio from this morning starts on my Toledo/Lucas feed at 07/05 1:30AM (go to Scan Miami Valley and go to the "Feed Archive"), some traffic still active at this time as well; somewhere between eight and eleven buildings were destroyed and over 100 residents displaced.

More information per 13ABC News:

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvg/story?section=news/local&id=6246808

Fire at Toledo apartment complex

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Fireworks are believed to have started an enormous fire that destroyed much of a Toledo apartment complex early today.

Fire investigators estimate damage at more than five million dollars at Hunters Ridge apartments. Only one minor injury was reported but police had to break down doors to several apartments during the early moments of the blaze to rescue those inside. Residents gave credit to police and firefighters for preventing loss of life. Toledo fire Chief Mike Wolever says this was the biggest residential fire he has seen in his 30 years with the fire department.

Firefighters say flames spread quickly because of a lack of fire walls. Investigators add that a large number of fireworks were set off at the apartments overnight and they believe one may have landed on a flat roof and then burned through to start the blaze.

More than 100 residents were evacuated to a temporary emergency shelter set up by the Red Cross. Red Cross provided blankets to residents who were forced to stand in parking lots outside the burning buildings watching the fire consume their belongings. In all, eleven units with twelve apartments in each unit burned. Some cars in nearby parking lots also caught fire or exploded and were destroyed. Many of the buildings were gutted and demolition crews were on site early this morning to begin demolishing what was left. Firefighters managed to save some apartment buildings toward the front of the complex.

One woman told 13abc that she was "grateful to God that my kids are all safe" as she was coming to grips with the loss of property.

Flames and smoke from the fire could be seen across Toledo for miles. The Toledo Fire Department sounded multiple alarms and called in assistance from surrounding areas.

TPD Officer Scott Williamson was among the first to arrive on the scene. He was given credit for helping save lives and said he was "just happy to help."

Seven hours after the fire was first reported at 1:30am, the rubble was still smoldering.

A temporary shelter has been set up at the old Bowsher High School for residents who were left homeless. The Salvation Army was also on scene along with Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner.

The apartment complex is located off Byrne near Airport Highway.

The apartment complex is owned and managed by Karam Managed Properties, LLC according to the Hunters Ridge web site.
 
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