July 23, 2016

Partly sunny

Early-morning fire scorches large portion of Medina apartment complex

MEDINA — An apartment fire early Thursday morning on Birch Hill Drive displaced two families.

Medina firefighters check out the scene of a second-floor apartment fire this morning at 570 Birch Hill Drive. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter said the blaze scorched the second story of at least two apartments at Autumn Run at Crosspointe, 570 Birch Hill Drive.
“We had the roof and two apartments fully engulfed,” Painter said.

The cause of the fire, which started about 4:10 a.m., is under investigation, he said.

There were no injuries to family members or to firefighters who battled the blaze, the chief said.

Painter said firefighters had the fire under control in about 90 minutes. He did not know the names of the families who were displaced by the fire.

“Our biggest hurdle was the cold weather and icy conditions in the morning,” the chief said. “Thankfully, everyone got out safe.”

Medina firefighters were assisted at the scene by firefighters from the townships of Medina, Lafayette, York and Brunswick Hills, Painter said.