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Fire Rips Through Apartment Building in Jackson, Ohio

UPDATE 12/12/13 @ 7:25 a.m.
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) – Fire has destroyed a 16-unit apartment building in downtown Jackson, Ohio.

The building is located in the 200 block of Pearl Street. The fire was reported about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Fire Chief David Channel tells WSAZ.com that everyone made it out safely and that no injuries were reported.

We’re told 20-25 people were living in the three-story wood building at the time of the fire.

Channel said about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters were pulled out of the building and limited to working on the exterior because the fire was too big.

Firefighters were finally able to leave the scene around 6 a.m.

The exterior of the building suffered minor damage, while the roof and inside of the building were destroyed in the fire.

Channel tells WSAZ.com he believes the fire started in a back, first floor apartment. There is no word how the fire started.

The Red Cross took residents who couldn't stay with family or friends to the Jackson Health Department.

About an hour after crews arrived on scene, a water main burst in the area causing even more problems for firefighters.

Crews from four departments helped battle the fire.

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ORIGINAL STORY 12/12/13 @ 3:45 a.m.
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) – The cold weather is creating challenges for firefighters battling a large fire in an apartment building in downtown Jackson.

According to the Jackson fire chief, the building is destroyed and the roof is completely gone.

The call came in at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and the building remained in flames as of 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

The chief tells WSAZ.com that everyone made it out safely and that no injuries have been reported.

A water main busted about an hour after crews arrived on scene, leaving water spilling all over the road.

With the temperature below freezing, crews have been salting the pavement. Because of the slickness, firefighters have had difficulty just standing up, the chief says.

The chief says the building contains 16 rooms but he’s not sure how many were occupied.

About 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters were pulled out of the building and limited to working on the exterior because the fire was too big, the chief says.

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