2 rescued from burning cherry picker in Willard

WILLARD, Ohio (WJW) – The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating what caused a cherry picker to catch fire near a nursing home in Willard.

According to Willard Fire and Rescue, the initial call went out around 8:30 a.m. at Blossom Healthcare Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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First responders found two people trapped in a JLG bucket that was 20 feet off the ground and had caught fire.

Willard Fire reports the fire was in the lower unit of the lift, which was within 5 feet from the roof of the nursing home.

Firefighters were able to rescue the two people in the cherry picker with ropes and ladders.

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Both were flown to the hospital in Toledo.

Willard Fire says 53 nursing home residents and staff members were moved to a nearby church until the scene was cleared.

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