CORTLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – It was a frightening morning Friday for tenants in building 3000 at the Pauni Apartments in Cortland.
Seven different departments responded to the apartments on Liberty Boulevard.
Firefighters say the fire started in the kitchen of the apartment in the rear of the lowest level. The woman who lives there didn’t want to go on camera but said she was in her bedroom when she started smelling burnt plastic.
Neighbor William McElfresh said he smelled smoke, too.
“I smelled smoke downstairs in the building and then the lady’s apartment black smoke was just coming out of the doorway, so I broke the fire extinguisher and tried to put it out. I just had to get everyone out. It was too bad,” McElfreshh said.
Cortland Fire Chief David Rea says eight apartments were impacted by the fire. All but one of the units was occupied.
The fire caused extensive damage to the building, and as a result, seven families have to find another place to stay.
“We called the state fire marshal to help us do an investigation just because of the nature and of the loss and the size of it,” Rea said.
A cause is still under investigation.
The Red Cross was called to help the tenants.