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UPDATE: Child With Lighter Causes Massive Trotwood Apartment Blaze
TROTWOOD -- Fire investigators say that a child using a lighter caused the massive blaze that destroyed 22 apartments Thursday night.
The estimated loss is valued at $1 million.
Trotwood Fire/Rescue and State Fire Marshal conducted an on-site investigation and witness interviews which led to their findings.
Families displaced by the fire are being assisted by the Red Cross and the apartment complex, Woodland Hills.
Trotwood Apartment Fire Reignites This Morning
TROTWOOD -- Firefighters are returning to an apartment building this morning that has reignited.
Firefighters evacuated that apartment building and surrounding buildings Thursday night when the fire broke out about 8 a.m.
The building contained 20 apartment units.
Residents were being given shelter at the Trotwood High School gymnasium and the Red Cross is assisting. Eventually, those residents could be moved to vacant apartments within the complex.
TROTWOOD -- Dozens of residents are without a home after their apartment building is destroyed by fire Thursday. The fire started just before 8 p.m. at the Woodland Hills Apartments.
Firefighters say the fire started in a second-floor apartment and quickly spread. Luckily, everyone was able to get out safely.
Residents were home at the time. They called 911, reporting smoke coming out of the ceiling of a closet. When firefighters arrived, they had to evacuate neighboring buildings because the fire was already so massive. Crews from six departments were needed to fight the flames. It's unclear how the fire started. Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office will be here Friday morning to figure that out. At one point, part of the roof collapsed into the burning building.
"It's crazy to see something like that. You see it in movies. But I've never seen anything like this. It's crazy," said Woodland Hills resident Da'Michael Guy.
"The firefighters had to come out (of the building) due to heat and smoke. We are not going to risk their lives on something that isn't manageable from that point," said Trotwood Fire Chief Steve Milliken.
Firefighters say the building is destroyed. The complex is relocating displaced residents into vacant apartments. The Red Cross has also been called to help out.
TROTWOOD -- Just before 8 p.m., residents on the second floor noticed heavy smoke coming out of a closet; they were able to escape unharmed.
Although there were no major injuries, one person suffered from minor smoke inhalation and was treated on the scene.
The building has been destroyed, in addition to a partial roof collapse.
Trotwood Fire Chief Stephen Milliken says this is "one of the largest fires we've seen in our city."
Crews brought in 75 percent more equipment and personnel than they would for a normal fire.
There is no word yet on how the fire started
The fire marshal will be there tomorrow to investigate.
TROTWOOD -- Crews are responding to a fire at the Woodland Hills Apartments.
According to reports, there is heavy fire through the roof of this 3-story apartment building on Culzean Drive.
No injuries have been reported so far.
Firefighters are still on the scene. Mutual Aid from Englewood has also been called in to help extinguish the fire.
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