A fire trapped residents in part of a Portage Lakes senior citizen housing complex Saturday morning until firefighters and a building sprinkler system doused the flames enough to rescue them. The Coventry Township Fire Department reported no injuries in a news release. What started the apartment fire and how much damage it caused remains under investigation. People displaced by the blaze were being helped by the American Red Cross at the nearby Kiwanis Civic Center. The fire department statement said an automatic fire alarm came in to the fire station from the Kiwanis Towers in the 300 block of Portage Lakes Drive about 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
As firefighters battled the blaze with a hose on the fourth floor of the apartment building, Summit County Sheriff’s Office employees and others began rescuing trapped residents. Help arrived from surrounding first responders and others, including an Akron Metro bus, to treat and shelter evacuees. A photo posted on the Facebook page Portage Lakes Rocks showed about 30 people at the civic center. “Sprinklers and smoke detectors save lives,” the fire department said in its release about the incident.