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Streetsboro apartment complex fire causes $50,000 in damages, displaces tenant

By Dave O'Brien | Staff Writer Published: May 14, 2013 2:28 PM
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A Frost Road apartment was heavily damaged, but no one was injured, in a fire Tuesday morning, according to the Streetsboro Fire Department.

Firefighters responded shortly after 6:30 a.m. to a report of a fire inside an apartment at the Woodlands Apartments complex, located at 833 Frost Road, according to spokesman Kevin Grimm.

He said the lone tenant, a 21-year-old woman, arrived home shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday , and smelled smoke in the apartment. The smoke apparently originated from a wall heating unit, Grimm said.

The tenant got out, along with her two dogs. A cat was missing, but later rescued unharmed, Grimm said. Some other tenants left their nearby apartments on their own, but no one else was displaced.

Firefighters arrived to see smoke and flames showing at the front of the building, he said, but fire crews were quickly able to control it. He said department investigators believe the cause was accidental, and the property owner's insurance company is conducting further investigation.

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Damage to the apartment and its contents was estimated at $50,000, according to Grimm. No other units were affected.

"The way [the apartments] are constructed, they are well-built," he said. "No fire got into the attic. It was just her living area that was affected."

The tenant was assisted by the American Red Cross, and will be staying with family members for the time being, Grimm said.

The Aurora and Kent fire departments also responded to the scene, which crews cleared as of 9:35 a.m., he said.

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sboro May 15, 2013 8:20 AM

These apartments are DANGEROUS! The heating units are very old and outdated. You can't get anything fixed and the owners don't care. The place is falling apart. The paint is peeling off the outside of the buildings. There is mold growing in many of the buildings. The gutters are leaking and/or falling off. It is not due to the site manager or the maintenance people, but because the owners won't release any funds to fix the place up. Any complaints fall on deaf ears. They are nothing more than greedy slum lords. City hall has written many letters and even fined them for infractions, but they just pay the fines (cheaper than fixing things up) and keep doing that same thing. This property is an embarrassment to the city of Streetsboro.