NORTHFIELD CENTER — A GoFundMe page has been set up to help a family after they lost their Beacon Hill Boulevard home, their belongings and their vehicles in an early morning fire Wednesday.
The page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-the-mitschke-family had raised $5,280 sought as of Monday morning. The goal was raised to $10,000 from the original $5,000 on the page, which was set up by a family friend.
No injuries were reported in the fire that caused an estimated $200,000 in damages to the home, according to a Macedonia Fire Department press release. EMS did evaluate the two children who had been in the home at their parents request, but neither needed to be taken to a hospital, the release said.
The release said the first call came in at 3:34 a.m. The parents had been awakened by a neighbor ringing the doorbell and as the husband went to investigate, he heard a smoke detector sounding and saw smoke in the kitchen coming from a door leading to the attached garage. He then immediately got his family out of the house through the front door.
The fire department’s Northfield Center station was the first to respond with an engine and at that point, the one-story home was fully involved in fire, but firefighters confirmed the family had escaped. The department’s Macedonia station sent an engine and command car and the the Sagamore Hills station, as well as Northfield Village and Twinsburg fire departments and the Valley Fire District also responded.
The fire was already into the attic space above the garage and smoke had filled the one-story house, with the first hose lines stretched to the garage to knock down the large body of fire and then they were advanced into the home through the front door. While firefighters were opening the ceiling, the utilities to the home were shut off. After the fire was extinguished, Macedonia fire investigators called the state fire marshal’s office to assist with the investigation and the fire remains under investigation.
The Macedonia Fire Department also responded with an ambulance while Northfield Village and Twinsburg both sent an engine and the fire district sent an ambulance. There were a total of 16 firefighters at the scene.