by Lauren Krupar


Cuyahoga Falls -- A midnight fire at a Prange Drive apartment building that caused more than $60,000 worth of damage, injured a firefighter and killed two cats has been classified as arson.

According to the police report, the June 15 fire is believed to have been caused by a lit smoke bomb thrown through the living room window of a ground level apartment. Fire department officials reported they are investigating possible suspects.

According to the fire report, the Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department received a call June 15 at 12:04 a.m. of a fire on Prange Drive. Six units arrived at 12:10 a.m. to combat a working fire at 3401 Prange Drive.

The fire was under control within five minutes, firefighters said.

Fire and police department officials classified the blaze as arson June 15.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, residents of the 16-unit, two-story apartment building were attempting to put out the fire using buckets of water, fire department officials said.

Thirty-three people, from infants to adults, live in the apartment building.

Firefighters entered the ground-level apartment and extinguished the fire, located in the living room.

The residents of the apartment on fire, a mother and her teenage daughter, were not there at the time, though two cats died in the fire, police said.

A Cuyahoga Falls firefighter suffered minor burns and was treated at the scene, according to the report. No other injuries were reported.

The fire caused more than $60,000 worth of loss in property and contents. The two residents of the apartment impacted have not returned home and are staying elsewhere.

Surrounding units sustained smoke or heat damage, causing the apartment's upstairs neighbors to relocate for the night.

The American Red Cross has been contacted, fire department officials said.

Anyone with information regarding the fire is requested to contact the Cuyahoga Falls police detective office at 330-971-8334.


Phone: 330-686-3915