The Ohio Fire Marshal is investigating a structure fire that occurred Monday night in Belmont County.
The fire happened at 68511 Scott St. in Lansing, Belmont County.
The Wolfhurst, Brookside and Bridgeport fire departments responded to the fire in addition to Salvation Army Disaster Services.
Crews worked for hours to put out the flames.
Authorities said flames were shooting out of the roof.
Calls flooded the Belmont County 911 center as drivers on National Road through Lansing saw the smoke from the fire consuming a home.
The fire broke out at 68511 Scott Street in Lansing, the home of Michael Gerevics and his wife April. Mike Conaway, a friend and neighbor, summed up the couple.
"Very nice guy," Conaway said. "Very pleasant. Having some health problems, him and his wife"He's an insurance man. Works every day to try to make ends meet, and something like this had to happen to a guy like that."
Three fire departments; Wolfhurst, Brookside and Bridgeport, fought the fire that shot through the roof. By the time firefighters put the fire out, a giant hole revealed a room on the second floor. While the fire departments responded with alacrity -- flames had spread even faster.
"When I arrived on the scene I was only two minutes away from the scene when roofers were working on the roof," said Captain Tom Mellott of the Wolfhurst Fire Department. "They were down out here, and the top of the roof was -- fire was coming out of the top and on the one side."
Mellott went on to say he couldn't tell right away if the work on the roof caused the fire. He called in the state fire marshal for additional help to investigate the cause of the fire. A neighbor said the community would rally support for the couple in their time of distress.
"I just feel sorry for him, and I'm sure the neighborhood will try to do what they can do," said Conaway.