TOLEDO, OH (TOLEDO NEWS NOW) - A vacant apartment building in east Toledo is being torn down after it went up in flames for the fourth time in the past year.
It happened around 3:30 a.m. Monday on Greenwood Avenue near White Street. Investigators are calling the blaze a likely case of arson.
The building had been labeled as Code Red by the city, so firefighters knew when they arrived that no one was inside. A Code Red sign attached to the front of a structure certifies it as vacant. This new labeling system was enacted to keep firefighters safe, so they don't go into vacant buildings looking for occupants.
The fire and the smoke was intense, and the roof of the building collapsed. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to that building and keep it from spreading to nearby structures.
Neighbors say they've been waiting for the building to be torn down and have called the city about it. They say there have been no arrests for the previous fires, which are also suspected arsons.
The building was demolished by city crews just hours after the fire.
No one was injured.
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