Apartment fire injures two at Airport Manor

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) -- A two-alarm fire at the Airport Manor Apartments sent residents out into the freezing rain and cold this morning, and sent some firefighters into the flames.

Sterling Rahe, Public Information Officer with Toledo Fire explains, "We had a report of occupants trapped. Two occupants were rescued from the second story apartments from the ladders, and additional ones were brought down through the interior stairs and people were evacuated very quickly."

During the initial call, Sterling says that a caller reported residents breaking windows, trying to escape. He says that at least two people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Kevin Moloney is a construction supervisor and is one of the owners of the apartment building. He says that managers are looking into how they can help the displaced residents.

Moloney tells 13abc, "First of all, I'm trying to find the facts out, finding out where we are with the residents and their health. Then quickly try to find a unit, either in this apartment building or one of our other apartment buildings in Toledo to relocate them as quickly as possible."

A TARTA bus was brought out to protect displaced residents and emergency crews from the icy weather. And sterling says the weather made it tough for emergency crews to get to the scene in the first place.

Sterling explains, "It is challenging. Obviously, the weather conditions make it challenging for us. But, we have to get to the scene to do our job, and so we have to take that into account.''

A cat and hamster were also rescued from the apartment building.

The cause remains under investigation, but Moloney says that investigators found that the fire started on a couch, and that working some alarms alerted the residents to the fire.