Residents of Cole Street apartment unhurt but displaced in fire

LIMA — Occupants of a Cole Street apartment complex who were alerted by a neighbor of sparks coming from the balcony of their apartment escaped unharmed when a fire broke out late Saturday night.

According to a spokesman for the Lima Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched at 11:44 p.m. Monday to the Lima West Apartments, 1855 N. Cole St., in response to the report of a working fire. Upon their arrival firefighters observed flames coming from the exterior of Apartment 6.

The blaze was quickly extinguished and did not reach the interior of the apartment complex. Light smoke was ventilated from two of the apartments in the complex, the spokesman said.

A resident in Apartment 12 reportedly observed sparks coming from the exterior of the apartment and awakened the occupants of Apartment 6, who safely evacuated the building. The Red Cross was contacted for housing assistance for the displaced residents.

Damage was confined to the exterior of the apartment complex and was estimated at $7,500. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The owner of the building is RLJ Management, Columbus.

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