Officials in Lorain are investigating the fire at the Thistle building that took place early Sunday morning.
The Lorain Fire Department responded to the building fire at 700 Broadway at 12:35 a.m. Firefighters rescued two people from the second floor using ladders before going inside. They were forced to back out due to structural damage. The building's roof later caved in.
The flames were put out by 2:30 a.m.
Crews were able to successfully evacuate the building with no injuries. The nearby Charleston building was also evacuated as a precaution.
Lorain Safety Director Dan Given calls the fire 'suspicious.' The State Fire Marshall's Office is working with the Lorain Fire Department on the investigation. As of Monday afternoon, they still have not been able to get into the building due to unsafe conditions.
The Red Cross assisted six people displaced from the Thistle building, along with those forced out of the Charleston building.
"The Thistle building may have to come down before residents can move back in," says Lorain Fire Captain George.