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Several rescued after fire breaks out at northwest Columbus apartment complex

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Several people were rescued and one person was taken to the hospital after a fire broke out at an apartment complex on the northwest side of Columbus on Tuesday. 

The fire was reported shortly before 10 a.m. at Saw Mill Village apartments located slightly east of Sawmill Road off Federated Boulevard. 

Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said when firefighters arrived at the scene, they saw flames coming from the south side of one of the apartment buildings.

Martin said crews went into "rescue mode" and worked to get everyone out of the building. Some of the exits were blocked due to the flames and smoke and firefighters had to use a ladder to help get at least three people, two dogs and a cat down from the third floor.

One woman was taken to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation, according to Martin.

At 9:56 this morning, we received a report of a fire with people trapped at 2169 River Run Trace in the city’s northwest...

Posted by Columbus Division of Fire on Tuesday, February 8, 2022

The fire caused heavy damage to one of the apartment buildings, including a partially collapsed roof. 

Officials say 30 people were displaced because 12 units were affected by fire or water. The Red Cross is assisting the people with temporary housing, according to the fire department. 

Credit: WBNS-10TV

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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