MACEDONIA — The Macedonia Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire that caused an estimated $70,000 in damages to a North Oakmont Drive home early Tuesday morning, the fire department said in a press release issued Thursday.
No injuries were reported, according to the Macedonia Fire Department. Two of the home's four residents were evaluated for smoke inhalation at the scene, but were not taken to a hospital. Fire Chief Brian Ripley said Friday that the homeowner’s insurance company arranged for the family to stay at a hotel, at least initially, but he did not know if they were still there.
The fire department said the initial call came in of a fire at 79 North Oakmont at 2:17 a.m. after the father got up to investigate when the smoke detectors went off. He smelled something burning, saw smoke filling the hallway outside his bedroom and yelled to his son and daughter, both young adults, to get up as he ran back to tell his wife. The son and daughter left through the front door while their parents escaped through the back.
Neighbors made a second 911 call after their dog began barking and they saw the fire.
While his family called 911, the father told responding fire fighters that he tried to fight the fire with a garden hose, but the fire was going up the front of the house and into the roof and the hose had done little good. A fire department command vehicle was first on scene followed by an engine crew from the township station. It began fighting the fire, with two more Macedonia engines joining in and Northfield Village responding to an automatic mutual aid call with an fourth engine. Valley Fire District sent an EMS squad to evaluate family members.
The fire spread to the attic above the living room and garage, and smoke was reported through the house, according to information from the Macedonia Fire Department. Firefighters needed to pull the ceiling down in the living room and garage. Responding fire fighters reported the fire was out at 2:57 a.m.
A dozen firefighters, seven from Macedonia, responded to the scene.