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South Toledo apartment fire displaces dozens

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The Toledo Fire Department is still investigating a two-alarm apartment fire that happened in south Toledo.

The fire broke out in three buildings of Andover Apartments on Eastgate Road near Heatherdowns at about 3:16 p.m. Thursday and destroyed 60 units. All of those buildings were almost fully occupied.

The Toledo Fire Department said all the residents were safely evacuated from the complex. There were no injuries reported.

A portion of the unit that was burned is still structurally sound however it also has been evacuated and is closed off to residents.

Police closed off Eastgate while firefighters continued to fight the flames.

The wind kept fueling the fire, making conditions near unbearable for the firefighters trying to put the fire out.

"It is exhausting working in the heat and again the wind was a big factor. It moved the fire very quickly," said Pvt. Sterling Rahe of TFD.

Crews from Maumee, Oregon, Sylvania and Washington Township sent trucks to back up Toledo Fire Stations.

"Moving hoses, a large complex. It's a very very complicated situation to do that strategically. We believed we needed that personnel," Pvt. Rahe said. 

The fire did give first responders a chance to use Toledo police's new drone to give firefighters a better vantage point of the best way to battle the blaze.

"When you can see from that elevated platform, it gives them the ability to make real time decisions on moving water streams and knock down bodies of the fire that you may not see from the ground or even from a platform," Pvt. Rahe said. "They just don't have the same view that they do from the drone."

The fire department believes the cause of the fire originated from inside one of the units.

The Red Cross set up a shelter for residents at the Wolf Creek YMCA. That location is at 2100 S Holland Sylvania Rd, Maumee, OH 43537.

The Red Cross along with St. Patrick of Heatherdowns, located a short distance from the fire, is taking monetary donations for the people displaced by the fire. They will accept donations between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. at St. Patrick. The Toledo Chapter of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund is accepting financial donations for survivors as well. Officials say they have been overwhelmed with donations of clothing and other goods, so  they are now asking for monetary donations only. 

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