WELLSVILLE — A Monday morning blaze temporarily chased a Franklin County family from home.
The fire broke out shortly before 11 a.m. Monday in an upstairs bedroom of a two-story, wooden house in a residential neighborhood about a block from Wellsville High School, Robert Thomas, Wellsville fire chief, said.
“The call came in about 10:50 [a.m.], and the fire was contained to that [bedroom] on the second floor,” Thomas said. “The damage was to that room and its contents.”
The cause of the blaze in the 200 block of West Sixth Street remained undetermined Tuesday afternoon, Thomas said. The chief said he had not yet received a cost estimate for the damage.
No one was home at the time of the fire, Thomas said, who added he did not know the family’s name.
“They were able to get some clothes out yesterday, and I believe the Red Cross was going to put them up in a motel for two or three nights,” Thomas said Tuesday.
The 200 block of West Sixth Street bustled with activity Monday morning as several fire departments assisted Wellsville firefighters in battling the blaze, as smoke poured from the second-story window. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire shortly after their arrival, according to reports, and some remained on the scene into the afternoon. A distraught, apparent family member paced along the street as firefighters brought the fire under control.
Other fire departments responding to the call were Lincoln-Ottawa-Harrison Township, Miami County & Franklin Township Rural Fire District No. 1, Johnson County Fire District No. 1 and the Baldwin City Fire Department.
The Wellsville Police Department, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Baldwin City Police Department and Franklin County Emergency Medical Services also had personnel at the scene.