Firefighter injured battling Westwood fire

WESTWOOD, OH (FOX19) - A firefighter was injured while battling a blaze Thursday night in Westwood.

Fire crews were called to the 2900 block of Four Towers Driver just before 10 p.m.

Initial arriving fire units reported a working fire in the basement of a 3-story brick apartment building with people trapped above the fire with heavy smoke conditions presenting.

Firefighters simultaneously advanced fire attack hose lines while laddering the building, rescuing occupants trapped above the fire.

The fire was quickly confined and extinguished; one firefighter was injured during the firefighting operation.  The firefighter was treated and transported to an area hospital for further medical interventions.  There were no other reported injuries.

The cause and origin has yet to be determined. Damage is estimated at $20,000. It is unknown if smoke detectors were operational at this time.

Thirty-five firefighters and nine fire companies operated at this incident.  Several families may have to seek the assistance of the American Red Cross for housing relocation.

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