Apartment catches fire on Yukon Street in Perry Township

PERRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Firefighters in Stark County spent several hours Tuesday night battling a massive fire at an apartment building in Perry Township.

The four-alarm fire started in a building in the 5000 block of Yukon Street NW, near Tuscarawas Street.

Multiple fire departments were called in to help. One firefighter was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No one was home at the time of the fire. Firefighters said the building housed six apartments and several garages but tenant Debbie Duvendeck said only two were occupied and no one was home at the time of the fire.

Duvendeck said she was at work and her landlord, who lives in the other apartment was in the hospital.

Home at the time though was Duvendeck's golden retriever Dexter. "My landlord's niece actually took the air conditioner out and got him out through the window," she said. "I thought he was gone for good," she said when she learned her apartment was on fire.

Firefighters attempted to gain entry when they first arrived on the scene but the smoke was too intense so they fought the blaze from outside.

Witnesses told NewsChannel5 that they heard an explosion, but the fire chief could not confirm if anything exploded.

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