By Jeff Gallatin
Officials said a fire at the Northwoods Condominiums on David Drive Friday morning caused more than $100,000 damage and prompted three people to be treated at area hospitals.
Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 10 a.m. by a building handyman. The fire originated in the computer room of a second-floor condominium.
“The resident where the fire took place saw what was going on, ran out and told the handyman, a retired police officer, who called for help,” North Olmsted Fire Chief Tom Klecan said.
Klecan said the three people taken to the hospital were checked for smoke inhalation, with one also having high blood pressure problems.
“There didn’t appear to be anything which would cause them to be admitted for anything long term, they were all treated and released,” he said.
Investigators are still checking the fire, but Klecan and Capt. Mike Ciarrone, the commander at the scene, said there didn’t appear to be anything suspicious about the fire.
Cerrone said there was extensive smoke damage as well as fire to the condo where it started. The unit underneath it had extensive water damage to it. Neither unit was habitable going into the weekend, he said.
In addition, Ciarrone said smoke got out into the second floor hallway area, causing other minor damages to the structure.
“We’re fortunate that it didn’t get up into the attic,” he said. “That could have made it worse and it could have spread quickly to the other units in the building.”
Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within about an hour, he said. Most left shortly after noon, but investigators remained on the scene through most of the day Friday and were expected to return later. Firefighters from Bay Village, Brookpark, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Ridgeville, Rocky River and Westlake arrived on mutual aid calls.
“If they hadn’t done a good job in getting it under control, we could have been dealing with something much worse,” Klecan said.