Apartment fire reported on Clifton Boulevard in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Ohio - One person was taken away in an ambulance after a fire Friday at a four-story apartment building in Lakewood.

Crews were dispatched to 14814 Clifton Blvd. for a report a person trapped inside of a building on fire.

According to Lakewood Fire Chief Scott Gilman, the fire started in a second-floor apartment and spread through the walls of the bathrooms and kitchens to the third floor and fourth floors.

"It got into the walls fast," Chief Gilman said, "When it gets into that concealed space, it goes right up into the area above the ceiling and it takes a lot of work and manpower to pull all the ceilings, get it down and expose the fire."

Lakewood crews received assistance in fighting the fire from Rocky River, Fairview Park and Westlake.

Six of the building's 32 apartments were damaged; it is unknown how many residents were displaced. Water, heat and electricity have all been shut off. The cause of the fire is unknown.

One resident, a man whose apartment was next to the suite where the fire started, stood on the sidewalk wrapped in a blanket watching crews battle the fire.

During the evening rush hour, westbound lanes of Clifton Boulevard were closed to traffic while the eastbound lanes remained open.

Stay with NewsChannel5 as we continue to gather more on this story.

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