GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – A family is okay after a fire tore through their home in Girard on New Year’s Day.
Flames broke out just after 9 a.m. at a house on the 1000 block of Beechwood Avenue.
When officials got there, they say the house was fulled engulfed by the flames. The smoke was so dark and thick at times that it was hard to even see the house.
Authorities say the homeowner was home at the time and got out safely. His wife and daughters were not home at the time.
The homeowner was able to save two of his family’s dogs, but one did not survive.
Neighbors tell us they heard what sounded like fireworks or gunshots. The fire even set off one of the neighbors ring cameras.
A cause has not been determined yet, but firefighters have an idea of where it might have started.
“The homeowner had the smoker going. He did inform me that he did light the smoker right before he smelled smoke coming into the house,” said Fire Chief Ken Bornemiss.
Fire departments were called to help as officials said they had trouble getting water.
“We had to activate the Trumbull County water shuttle to feed our ladder because we broke… the stems on two hydrants. We had to start trucking water in from Shannon Road,” said Fire Captain Steve Drake.
Officials say the home is a total loss and were working to collapse it this afternoon.
“For the holiday, it’s a bad time for this, but we’re going to do our best to knock it down for them and see where we can go from there,” Bornemiss said.