Rocky River, Ohio — A massive fire near the border of Rocky River and Lakewood shut down traffic on I-90, Hilliard Boulevard and surrounding streets on Sunday evening as fire departments worked to put out the flames.
The fire engulfed a condominium building under construction on Hilliard between Wooster Road and Valley View Drive before 6 p.m., according to Rocky River police. Fire departments from Fairview Park, Bay Village, Lakewood, Westlake and North Olmsted responded, as high winds blew ashes over I-90.
I-90 was closed westbound at McKinley Avenue and eastbound at Detroit Road but reopened just before 8 p.m. Hilliard remained closed between Wooster Road and Riverside Drive, as of about 9 p.m., as crews continue to completely extinguish the blaze.
Rocky River Fire Chief Aaron Lenart said at the scene that utilities, like gas and electricity, were cut off to neighboring apartment buildings as a precautionary measure as the firefighters worked to put out the fire. The Red Cross was also on scene to assist any residents displaced or in need due to the fire.
Investigators, including the state fire marshal’s office, will work to determine what could have caused the building to go up in flames. No preliminary cause was provided Sunday night.
Brent Zimmerman Development and Pride One are building the Rockport River condo complex on Hilliard, near the bluff above the Cleveland Metroparks’ Rocky River Reservation. Crews broke ground in August and planned to complete the project this spring.
The building was to feature 24 “luxurious, low-maintenance condominiums” on four floors, “each with private balconies and two or three bedrooms,” secure parking and luxe finishes. Prices started at $335,000.
The smoke from the fire could be seen across Lake Erie, from as far as Euclid, according to photos posted on Twitter. Meteorologists say you can see the smoke on weather radar.
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