Firefighters from 10 companies in Northeast Ohio needed to set up a water tanker shuttle to battle an early Monday morning fire in a remote home on Anthony Lane in Twinsburg.
The fire was called in 2:35 a.m. from 3575 Anthony Lane, which is in a wooded area north of state Route 82 and east of Liberty Road. The first firefighters were on scene at 2:39 a.m. and quickly realized they needed more help, a Twinsburg Fire Department spokesman said.
The nearest hydrant was thousands of feet from the home and its 900-foot-long driveway, firefighters said.
Because the nearest hydrant was more than 3,000 feet away, firefighters needed to shuttle water tankers from the hydrant to the fire.
There were three people and two dogs in the home at the time. All got out safely and no injuries were reported.
Twinsburg Fire Department called in for mutual support from surrounding municipalities to help, said Michael Perlatti, firefighter and assistant public information officer for the department. As many as 35 firefighters eventually were on the scene, he said.
The fire was fueled in part by the unusual, all-wood construction of the home, Perlatti said. He likened the construction to that of a log cabin, with all tongue-and-groove construction and wood walls and ceilings.
"It’s a beautiful home. Well built," he said. "There was a lot of burnable material."
The structure was still standing after firefighters put out the flames but Perlatti was unsure if the home can be salvaged.
"It was a very unique situation we had," Perlatti said.
As of early Monday afternoon, a cause had not been determined, he said. It appeared the fire started in the home’s upper level, he said.