Tenant recounts South Toledo apartment fire
Fri, 02 May 2014 22:50:03 GMT —
TOLEDO -- Residents are returning to their South Toledo apartment complex after a fire forced them out last night.
Some are finding their walls blackened by smoke.
More than a dozen people were rescued from the building.
A resident of the apartment, Jonaton Fryman, lives on the third floor. He said he thought he was going to die.
â??People started jumping off their balconies. Two very young children, a younger child, and then two adults jumped and were hurt pretty badly by it,â?? Fryman said.
He said the Toledo Fire Department saved his family. Crews arrived on scene five minutes after he called 911.
â??The fire department came to the end of our extended balcony and took my fiancÃ©, our two-year-old, and myself down on the ladder,â?? Fryman said.
Toledo Fire Deputy Chief Richard Syroka said everyone survived the fire, but at least one resident was sent to the hospital after jumping from the third floor.
Officials said the fire started in the kitchen of a second floor unit. Authorities are still investigating the exact cause.
Fryman returned a day later to find that his unit needs a new carpet.
The unit where the fire started needs to be completely refurbished.
Tenants are now moving back in, according to the property owner.