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Man rescued from Sylvester Street apartment fire

BGNN senior staff writer

One crew escorted a Sylvester Street man out of the bathroom he was trapped in Jan. 19 while another quickly extinguished the fire in his living room.
Barberton Fire Chief Steve Ionno said residents in a neighboring apartment saw smoke and called the fire department a little before 7 p.m.
Crews were on-scene within three minutes.
“It’s only a quarter-mile from the station so we were there pretty quick,” Ionno said.
Witnesses said they thought a man was stuck inside the apartment, so one Barberton crew looked for him while another attacked the fire.
“It was contained to the living room,” Ionno said. “It appears to have started in a couch.”
The pronged attack worked well and the fire was out around the same time the man was evacuated. Escorted outside, the man was treated by New Franklin EMS; they took him to Summa Akron
City Hospital. Norton crews helped evacuate other residents while Coventry handled crowd control. Ionno said the old building was well constructed and little smoke or water affected neighbors. The South Summit Fire Investigation Unit is exploring the cause.

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