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Two people seriously injured in South Toledo apartment fire Sunday

2 adults were transported to the hospital with serious to life threatening injuries.

TOLEDO, Ohio — A large fire destroyed a 24-unit apartment building in south Toledo on Easter Sunday morning. 

Twenty-eight people were displaced by the fire and two people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Firefighters from the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department were dispatched to the fire at 8:13 a.m.at the Briar Cliff Woods apartment complex on Thornwood Drive.

The fire was quickly made into a 2 alarm fire. Crews at the scene reported heavy smoke coming from the building when they arrived.

Firefighters said there were reports of people jumping from balconies of the building. One person jumped from a third floor balcony and suffered significant injuries and burns. That person and another were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Their current status at the hospital is unknown at this time.  

Several firefighters also were treated for minor injuries, Toledo Fire and Rescue said.

Earlier this morning, Toledo Fire crews responded to 813 Thornwood Dr for a reported structure fire at the Briar Cliff...

Posted by Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on Sunday, April 17, 2022

Harry Destine, who has lived at the apartments since 2016 says he lost everything in the fire. 

"Flames just erupt in my apartment, my building or my room. I slam the door and I already knew I had to jump out the window," said Destine. I live on the second floor like I said, so I had to jump out."

Some of the units were completely engulfed in flames. Firefighters say most, if not all, of the 24 units in the building were rented. All of the residents have been accounted for.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined but an investigation is taking place.

The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army assisted residents who were displaced by the fire. The Bible Temple Family Worship Center next to the complex also opened up their doors to shelter residents from the cold.

This is a developing story. Stay with WTOL 11 for the latest information.


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