BEAVER TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – A family in Beaver Township lost their home late Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters spent a few hours putting out the house fire on West Middletown Road, which was temporarily blocked off.
Flames were shooting out of the house and smoke could be seen from about a mile and a half away.
The fire started around 5 p.m.
“We showed up with about half the house burning. We were informed there was still nobody in the house. The two residents have gotten out of the house,” said Beaver Township Fire Chief Larry Sauerwein. “On the right side of the house, most of that was on fire when I got here. The left side was not involved yet.”
Sauerwein believes it started around the garage or kitchen area.
None of the residents needed medical attention.
In the end, the house was left mostly an empty shell.
“Probably about three-quarters of the house was an absolute total loss. The eastern part of the house is possibly salvageable with some belongings but that’s about it. It’s probably a total loss,” Sauerwein said.
With no hydrants in the area, calls were made for mutual aid.
“I didn’t know how close exactly our dry hydrant was to the area. We called for tankers immediately upon seeing the smoke,” Sauerwein said. “Probably about 70% of our township does not have hydrants.”
But the tankers were not needed because a nearby lake was able to supply needed water.
“It just so happens it was just right across from the fire. We use that lake for the entire block,” Sauerwein said.
The chief is not sure where the family will be staying.
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