LIBERTY, Ohio (WKBN) – A Liberty family has been forced out of their home because of a fire.
“It’s still shocking,” said Randi Pounds.
Pounds, her husband Brandon and their two children Lilliann and Dustin are staying with a family member after the home they rent on Mansell Drive caught fire around 1:30 a.m. Friday.
“We were watching a show and we start seeing smoke come in our room, we start smelling something burning,” Pounds said. “I like ran around the neighborhood trying to get everyone to open their doors and either no one was home or everyone was sleeping through it. So it was crazy.”
When firefighters got on scene, they say smoke was coming out of the house.
No one was hurt but sadly, one of the family’s cats didn’t survive.
“From what we understand, it did start in the basement area,” said Capt. inspector Cathy Macchione, Liberty Township Fire Department.
Although from the outside, besides a boarded-up basement window, it doesn’t look too bad, firefighters say the inside sustained a lot of smoke and water damage throughout the home.
Pounds says they had been working to rearrange and spruce up their home. Now, they don’t know how much they can save.
She’s thankful her family and most of their pets made it out safely.
“That’s more important than anything, that can all be fixed again, but it’s just crazy. You spend all that time and money and it’s gone in two seconds,” Pounds said.
Firefighters say it appears to be accidental, but the cause remains under investigation.