LAKEWOOD -- Lakewood police confirmed they had a man in custody Friday night following an apartment fire at 14814 Clifton Boulevard.

According to firefighters, the blaze started on the second floor and quickly spread into the walls, bathrooms, and kitchens of the building up through the fourth floor.

"It got into the walls fast…when it gets into that concealed space, it goes right up to the area above the ceiling," explained Lakewood Fire Chief Scott Gilman.

"It takes a lot of work, a lot of manpower, to pull down the ceiling and expose the fire and there's different types of materials and construction in there that can be hard to pull down," he continued.

Four engines, two ladder trucks, and mutual aid from Rocky River, Fairview Park, and Weslake were needed to put the fire out.

A male resident was taken to Lakewood Hospital for evaluation and later taken into police custody.

Several neighbors tell WKYC that this resident was on the verge of being evicted just before the fire broke out.

However, all police would say is charges could be pending.

Gilman says it's fortunate no one was hurt.

Firefighters managed to contain the blaze to six units and were evaluating how to keep the heating system on in the building.

The Red Cross is now helping those who were living inside the apartment building with temporary housing.

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