NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) – Four people went to the hospital after a fire tore through a home in Newton Falls Friday night.
It happened around 10:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Newton Drive.
“Anytime we get a structure fire, we don’t know what we’re coming up on, and usually when we get close to it, we can see how bad it’s going. This one was smoking pretty good,” said Newton Falls Joint Fire District Chief Don Byrd.
When crews arrived, they found flames shooting out of the back of the home.
“It was a three person house. Two of them were transported to the hospital, one by ambulance and the other one–the father took the daughter to the hospital,” Byrd said.
The family says one person was treated for minor burns, the other for smoke inhalation.
Newton Falls police confirmed that two first-responding police officers were injured while helping the family get out safely. They were also taken to the hospital.
The officers were treated and released with minor injuries.
Various other fire departments responded to provide mutual aid.
Crews were called back out to the house around 6:30 a.m. Saturday for a rekindle.
The flames were put out within an hour.
Byrd says in this case, working smoke detectors prevented a tragedy, and this house’s detector could have been installed by the fire department back in June.
“Red Cross donated a bunch of them. We installed many of them. I’m pretty sure we installed the smoke detectors in this structure,” Byrd said.
There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire. The State Fire Marshall was on scene Saturday investigating.
“When you have a structure like this that’s burnt that bad, it takes a while to figure out where it started and what exactly caused the ignition,” Byrd said.