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WARREN, Ohio - Five people are injured, including two critically, after an apartment catches fire in Warren. Firefighters from several departments put out the blaze and evacuated residents of the six unit, three story building.

Others suffered smoke inhalation, including a pregnant woman.

In addition to the two victims sent to the Akron Burn Unit. Another victim remains at Trumbull Memorial Hospital and two more victims are being treated at Saint Joseph's Hospital.Their names and conditions have not been released.

"I heard people screaming and then my wife opened the door and there was smoke poured into the apartment," said Donald Yale who lives in the apartment building.

Yale was in his apartment around 7:09 p.m. Tuesday evening, when fire broke out on the first floor of the structure on Stewart Drive in Warren.

"I look outside through the back and I could see flames shooting out the balcony of his through his sliding glass doors of his apartment and I look in the front and I seen them shooting out the front door," Yale said.

Two residents who were critically injured were transported from Trumbull Memorial Hospital to Akron Children's Hospital Burn Center. Their names and conditions are unknown at this time.

Another victim remains at Trumbull Memorial Hospital and two more victims are being treated at Saint Joseph's Hospital.Their names and conditions have not been released.

"The hallway was charged with smoke, dark black smoke, and we have to extinguish the fire but also we have to get those people out. So our crews were very busy evacuating the apartment, the whole complex, taking the injured out and triaging them and getting them to the hospital.

Some building residents said that the people who lived in the apartment where the fire started, were a mother and her son. They had not been living there very long. Residents say the mother was in a wheelchair and that she possibly used oxygen.

Fire investigators are still searching for the cause of the blaze.

"The whole apartment was well consumed so we haven't pinpointed the exact area where the fire started yet," said Suttles.

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