Water overflowed in the lobby leaving it to pour out of the Luckman’s front doors as firefighters inspected the building.
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Water overflowed into the lobby and poured out of the Luckman’s front doors as firefighters inspected the building.

Fire damages The Luckman

The fire reignited after being extinguished, causing close to half a million dollars in damage a firefighter at the scene estimated.

A fire that started in a trash chute early on Wednesday at The Luckman apartment, near Cleveland State’s campus, may have caused close to half a million dollars in damage.

Residents of the building on Chester Ave. and E. 12th St. were roused out of bed around 1.30 a.m. and would spend much of the night on the street while firefighters dealt with the incident.

“I woke hearing an alarm, but I thought it was routine," said CSU student Michael Cobbin, who lives at The Luckman. "It happens a lot, where its just nothing."

After falling back asleep, he was awoken again by his roommate banging on the door, saying that there was, in fact, a fire in the building.

Cobbin and his roommate were on the 7th floor of the 20-storey building. They said there was smoke in the hallway and the smell of burning. Cobbin added that it was his understanding that there were no fire alarms and smoke detectors inside the Luckman units, but only in the hallways on each floor.

The Luckman is home to a diverse population, including CSU students.

Channel 5 news reported that the fire was quickly handled when firefighters first responded. However, they later had to be called back when the flames reignited around 4:30 a.m. Tenants were outside until 5:30 a.m. before being allowed back into the building.

“There was a lot of confusion on what was going on,” Cobbin said. “Crowds of people were everywhere outside and my roommate was outside for over two hours waiting to see what was happening.” reported that first responders said there were no injuries. Fire officials estimated there was $450,000 in damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.