POLAND TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Multiple fire departments were called to the scene of a working fire in Poland early Saturday morning.
It happened on the 2900 block of Howell Drive after a house breezeway caught on fire around 5 a.m.
“Because of the time of year, we are short on manpower in the volunteer department so early on in the fire we requested assistance from neighboring departments. Some who won’t always come or we don’t always utilize, so that included Beaver Township, the City of Youngstown, Boardman Township was there, City of Struthers, Springfield Township,” said Western Reserve Joint Fire District Chief David Comstock.
Comstock said with all hands on deck, it took an hour and a half to extinguish the fire.
“It was a smaller house, but the construction made it more difficult to put the fires out because there was a lot of hidden spaces so we really had to chase the fire throughout the house,” Comstock said.
When crews arrived on scene the flames were spreading to the neighboring homes.
“There was also two neighbor’s houses that were in close proximity so those houses started smoking, we had to direct hose streams to make sure those houses did not sustain significant damage,” Comstock said.
The siding on neighboring homes did get damaged — but no one was injured.
“The police arrived, the house was fully engulfed with heavy fire conditions. Luckily the homeowner was able to escape the house before our arrival, she got out with her dog,” Comstock said.
The resident’s spouse was not home at the time but Comstock said there may have been a cat in the home. It’ll take them a few days to investigate the cause because the damage is so severe.
“Because of the heavy fire conditions and a lot of destruction to the house, it’s going to take a while to figure out the cause of the fire, we have to let some things cool down. There’s a lot of smoldering and debris so we’re hoping to have a cause within the next couple of days but right now we don’t have any idea,” Comstock said.