BROOKFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Officials were called to a garage fire at around 2:20 p.m. Saturday on the 6000 block of Merwin Chase Road in Brookfield.

A neighbor said they saw the fire start in the garage and spread to the house, engulfing the home. He said he and his wife were on their way home when his wife noticed the fire and he immediately called 911.

“The riding lawn mower was fully engulfed and when the air hit it, the gas tank exploded and when it did it went over to the car and over the walls of the garage and when the car got fully engulfed the gas tank exploded from the car and then it was like the whole house was gone,” said neighbor William Sawtelle.

Around seven fire departments were on the scene for mutual aid and were able to extinguish the fire.

All residents got out. According to Trumbull County dispatch, the Red Cross is stepping in to assist.

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