A fire that began on the third floor of an apartment building sent 15 people fleeing out into the cold.
The blaze began around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday on West Avenue in Medina. Thick, black smoke could be seen coming from the building but firefighters were able to contain the fire to a third floor apartment.
Bystanders let firefighters know a person was trapped inside their burning apartment. That person was rescued and then flown by Mercy Flight to ECMC, suffering from smoke inhalation and possible airway burns. The resident is listed in stable condition.
A second elderly resident was taken to the hospital by ambulance for exposure to the cold. That resident was treated and released.
The fire caused $20,000 in damage. Fire crews are still investigating the cause of the blaze.
The Red Cross is assisting six people.
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