Blaze destroys apartment

NEWTON FALLS – Crews from several departments were on scene for about an hour at a two-alarm structure fire at 75 Trumbull Court where an apartment fire was called into police at 4:15 p.m.

Heavy smoke with the whole unit involved was reported upon arrival at about 4:20 p.m. Firefighters from Newton Falls were joined by members of the Milton Township, Braceville and Warren Township fire departments.

Shortly afterward an evacuation was confirmed, according to dispatch call sheets, and a diabetic individual was taken to the hospital by family members.

According to firefighters on the scene, apartment 75-B is a total loss, while 75-A, the apartment on the left of the complex, has smoke damage.

Newton Falls Mayor Lyle Waddell said the township worked quickly to aid the four people and one dog living there.

“An adult and three children were living (in the apartment), so the police chief, fire chief and I all contacted the Red Cross to get together some food and temporary housing set up,” Waddell said. “Situations like this are difficult, but everyone here always comes together and we help out any way we can.”