SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (WTOL) – Dozens of residents are left without homes and belongings after a massive fire completely destroyed Building G of the Hidden Cedars Condominiums in Springfield Township. The fire broke out just before 11 p.m. Sunday. Crews and investigators are still trying to determine the cause, but the fire chief said the cause of the fire is suspicious because the fire spread so quickly.
The American Red Cross said at its last count, there were 69 displaced residents with 30 adults and 39 children.
"The whole building was engulfed. Five minutes…gone," said Vincent Munato, a Hidden Cedars resident.
Residents could only watch as their homes went up in flames.
"You had folks that were waking up to a room full of smoke. Waking up to things that they never expected to ever have happen to them," said Jason Copsey of the Red Cross.
The Red Cross received the call for help at 11:30 p.m. Sunday. They had emergency disaster volunteers on scene within a half-hour. Their first priority was to get the residents out of the cold. They partnered with TARTA and brought two heated buses to the complex.
"We took the people that were immediately affected and kinda got them out of the elements and did an initial needs assessment," explained Copsey.
Residents are staying in local hotels or with family and friends.
"Just to give them a chance to get on their feet, return to some sense of normalcy, a chance to step back to kind of plan out what the next couple of months are going to be like," said Copsey.
If you would like to assist the American Red Cross in their effort to help these residents, visit their website here.
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