Fire engulfs home in Howland Township

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HOWLAND TWP., Ohio (WKBN) — A fire destroyed a home and a garage in Howland Wednesday morning.

A fire broke out at a home on the 200 block of Howland Wilson Road SE. Firefighters were called out just after 6 a.m. The fire was fully involved.

Howland Wilson Road SE was closed between Route 82 and East Market Street while crews cleared the scene.

Caller: “The dad’s out.
Dispatch: “All the kids come out?”
Caller: “Out! Come out here! Come out here! Come out here, honey.”

An emotional call for help came in to dispatchers around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. A woman headed to the gym called to report a garage fire.

“The first arriving units found a large amount of fire in the garage area, kind of detached garage, which was also beginning to move into the house area,” said Chief James Pantalone of the Howland Fire Department.

Two adults and three children were inside the home and made it out safely.

Pantalone says there were some challenges to the fire. The water supply was fine, but there were issues with some powerlines.

“We had live power lines down that took us a little bit of time to get cleared out. So anytime you have that going on, it’s a safety concern. It slows and hinders the operation. Also the gentleman does have some ammunition and some items that we’re tending to and making sure our crews our careful. So really it got such significant headway that we really couldn’t make entry into the house, so we had to do everything from the outside,” Pantalone said.

The chief also says the home is a total loss.

“Thankfully they all got out safely. They heard a large noise, started exiting and actually a passer-by stopped to make sure they were getting out safely as well, so that, we are very thankful for,” Pantalone said.

According to Pantalone, the three adults and three children who lived there have a place to stay for the night.

The fire department did reach out the American Red Cross to try to get them help with anything they may need.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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