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Apartment Fire causes millions in damages, leaves dozens displaced

The remains of what used to be a building of the Andover Apartment Complex (courtesy NBC 24

Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)-- The apartment fire that ripped through a South Toledo Apartment building has caused over $2 million in damages and displaced over 100 people.

It started on Thursday after a resident at the Andover Apartments called Toledo Fire & Rescue dispatch complaining about heavy smoke.

The Department was dispatched around 3:15 p.m. , but before they could even get to the scene they saw the heavy smoke and upgraded it to a two alarm fire, calling for more firefighters.

It took them over eight hours to fight the flames due to the wind-- the building's age also played a factor. It was built in the 1970s which is when Private Sterling Rahe , Fire Department Public Information Officer , said building codes most likely weren't as strict.

"To our knowledge there were no fire walls that ran from top to bottom," said Rahe, also noting the void spaces in the building that allowed the flames to travel quickly.

The American Red Cross was also on scene and said despite the fire's devastating effects, the community has quickly come together.

Early Thursday afternoon they were accepting donations in collaboration with St. Patrick of Heather Downs; however, after 24 hours, they had to shut off donations. They didn't have enough space to hold them all.

"As soon as they saw the fire they started sending messages to parishioners and making a ton of food and collecting items...," said executive director Rachel Hepner-Zawodny. "Easily we've received hundreds of donations," Hepner-Zawodny said.

Firefighters do not believe the fire to be suspicious. Investigators are still working to determine the cause.

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