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Fire displaces 6 from Medina apartment building

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MEDINA — Six people were displaced after an apartment fire Sunday night at Nottingham Court.

Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter said his department responded to the fire at 10:44 p.m. Sunday. He said his entire department was on the scene.

One couple and four individuals were forced out of their apartments in the 800 block of Nottingham Drive.

“Red Cross was on the scene to help with lodging,” Painter said. “Some went with families.”

There were no reported injuries.

A resident at 810 Nottingham Drive turned on the unit’s furnace, which is in the attic, and it started smoking, according to reports.

The fire spread through the attic area and heavily damaged five units. The roof will mostly likely need to be replaced, Nottingham maintenance employee Mike McCune said.

“The rafters burned in half,” he said.

Eight fire trucks, including a pumper from Sharon Township, responded to the fire, Painter said.

Because an access road in the apartment complex was closed for resurfacing, Painter said the trucks couldn’t get close to the fire.

“We had to lay 500 feet of hose (to the closest hydrant),” he said. “That was challenging.”

Painter said Medina police had evacuated the tenants by the time the fire department arrived, which he said was a big help.

The fire chief said his department was on scene for about three hours.

There are 11 units in the building that was affected by fire and smoke.

About 10 years ago, fire damaged 14 apartments at Nottingham. The insurance company hasn’t determine the value of the damage from Sunday’s fire, McCune said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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