MACEDONIA — State Fire Marshal investigators arrived on scene Tuesday morning following a fire that caused "hundreds of thousands" of dollars in damage to a Dresser Lane home Monday, said Fire Capt. Brian Ripley.
"It's going to be a large loss which is why we called in the state fire marshals," said Ripley.
"Officially I really can't say it's a total loss at this point, but for the most part, it's going to be a total loss," he added.
The residents, who Ripley said stayed with neighbors overnight, were not home at the time of the fire, but Ripley said three dogs, two cats and a bird are missing and presumed dead.
"We have not found their remains, but we believe they are still in the house," said Ripley.
A Macedonia firefighter was treated at a hospital for a minor injury and released.
"I don't know when she will be cleared to return" to work, said Ripley.
According to Summit County property records, the home at 1028 Dresser Lane is valued at nearly $340,000. Ripley said the home's roof collapsed and there was "fire damage throughout, water damage throughout" and "a lot of smoke, a lot of flame."
He said that although the cause has not yet been determined, "right now, very preliminarily," it's believed the fire started on the ground floor at the rear of the home, where the family room and kitchen are.
Ripley said a neighbor made the initial 911 call at about 4:30 p.m. and even after the fire department arrived, dispatch "received additional 911 calls because the fire was advancing so rapidly."
Fire Chief Tim Black said at the scene Monday that police were the first to arrive and tried to enter the home, but were forced back by heavy smoke. Ripley said prior to this, "Neighbors attempted to open the structure to get the pets out."
He said all three Macedonia fire stations and the Northfield Village Fire Department were initially dispatched, with the Twinsburg and Hudson fire departments and the Valley Fire District subsequently responding with engines. Hudson EMS, which is separate from the fire department, provided an ambulance.
The Valley View Fire Department responded to an unrelated EMS call in Sagamore Hills during this time, said Ripley.
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