Off-duty firefighter spots fire at Columbiana County family’s home

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Fire crews from several departments were called to a home on East Main Street in New Waterford

NEW WATERFORD, Ohio (WKBN) – A family was left homeless after a fire that broke out in Columbiana County destroyed their house Friday afternoon.

Fire crews from several departments were called to a house fire on East Main Street in New Waterford just after 3 p.m.

A firefighter who lives nearby heard a popping noise when he was outside and then saw the fire. When crews got there, flames were already shooting through the home.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

Fire crews said Friday’s heat made fighting the blaze even more difficult.

“It makes it twice as hard to do what you got to do, cause you’re fighting the elements as well. It’s no different than being at 10 below zero. You know, you’re fighting the elements the whole time and it just makes it difficult,” said New Waterford Fire Chief Greg Vanpelt.

Neighbors brought water and drinks to the firefighters.

Three people did live there, and the American Red Cross is currently helping them out.

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