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Two burned trying to escape Cleveland apartment fire

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An apartment fire Thursday in Cleveland left two men burned; one was transported via LifeForce helicopter to Erlanger.

The fire started around 10:30 at the Forest Grove Apartments on Blackburn Road in Cleveland.

Dispatchers were told that people were trapped in the apartment, and the Cleveland Fire Department responded with 3 engine units, 1 ladder, 1 squad and 1 command unit.

Three adults, three children and several animals were inside when the fire started.

The fire was extinguished in 7-8 minutes, according to CFD Chief Ron Harrison.

The people inside the apartment were able to escape on their own or with help from firefighters. 

Two adult men broke out a second story window and escaped through it, with both suffering burns during the escape. One man was transported by Lifeforce to Erlanger and the other by ambulance. 

There's currently no word on their conditions.

The fire appeared to start in the living room and was contained to that room. No other apartments were damaged.

The Red Cross is helping the residents.

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