A morning fire in Zanesville forces several families out into the cold.
The call came in around 9 AM at 533 Glendale Avenue in Zanesville. Chief Dave Lacy says everyone was able to escape unharmed despite the extreme amount of damage.
"There are three apartment units and the occupant from one of the apartments called. The fire at that time was not actually in his apartment; it was in the one next door," said Lacy.
With the bitter cold temperatures this morning, Lacy says the blaze was not the only concern for his firefighters.
"They have their protective gear on but most of them, that I have seen so far, are really wet. Their activity has kept them warm up to this point, but we are probably going to see the cold take its effect. We will have to get some shelter set up for them," said Lacy.
The victims of the fire include Tamera Gess and her nephew in apartment one, Jay Morris, Catherine Anderson, and her two children in apartment two, and Kwame Clark and her son in apartment three. The Muskingum Valley Red Cross says they are providing assistance for all three families. The cause of the fire still remains under investigation.