Water Issues Hamper Ohio Firefighting Effort

WOODLAWN, Ohio -- Several Tri-State families spent Sunday night sleeping in the clubhouse of their apartment complex after a fire. Crews were called to the Fieldstone Apartments on Spring Park Walk about 9 p.m. Sunday. The complex is just off...


WOODLAWN, Ohio --

Several Tri-State families spent Sunday night sleeping in the clubhouse of their apartment complex after a fire.

Crews were called to the Fieldstone Apartments on Spring Park Walk about 9 p.m. Sunday. The complex is just off Springfield Pike north of Glendale-Milford Road in Woodlawn.

When crews arrived, they found that many of the fire hydrants in the area were not working.

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The Woodlawn Fire Chief told News 5 that the sprinkler system had issues in the past. When crews came to work on it, he said water was shut off to hydrants in the area and never turned back on.

Fire crews had to bring in water with tankers. It was about an hour before the hydrants were working.

Dozens of residents were displaced by the fire. They slept in the clubhouse while the complex and the Red Cross worked to find them places to stay. There were six open units in the complex at the time of the fire. Firefighters said some of the families will be able to move into those, but most will have to find new housing.

There were reports one firefighter was hurt. Crews at the scene didn't confirm that information to News 5, but said no residents were hurt.

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