WEST POINT, Ohio (WKBN) – The cause of a fire on State Route 518 across from the West Point Fire Department is still under investigation.
First News was there early Friday morning, but the fire was mostly out by that time.
Fire Chief Wayne Chamberlain said it was just before 1 a.m. when they got the call, and the volunteer firefighters were on the scene fighting the flames in six minutes.
“The house was fully involved when I arrived at the station,” Chamberlain said.
Around 7 a.m., the fire rekindled, but they were able to put it out.
“The floor collapsed last night, and it was very difficult to get in and get this mopped up and all put out,” Chamberlain said. “It rekindled on the left-hand side of the house.”
He said a neighbor across the street made the call initial call.
The fire started in the back of the house and chased the family out the front.
The son, who was upstairs, noticed it first and alerted his family.
The heat from the blaze was so hot that the shutters on the neighbor’s house began to melt.
“A big concern was saving the house next door,” Chamberlain said.
The family of five has three pet cats, a dog and two snakes.
Unfortunately, the dog and snakes didn’t make it.
Lisbon Fire Department was also there and Glenmoor’s was on standby.
“We used Lisbon just for more manpower,” Chamberlain said. “We had eight people, and Lisbon had seven.”
He said the family is now staying with relatives as the house was destroyed.
“We did notify the Red Cross, so they’ll be contacting them, probably already have, in fact,” Chamberlain said.