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Fairview Fire Victims Want Rumors Put to Rest

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Belmont County, Ohio -

UPDATE:

The family who lost their home in the fire and explosion in Fairview on Saturday night want to set the record straight about some things said in social media.

Homeowner Brian Bell says it wasn't a meth lab and it wasn't the wood burner.

The family lost their two American Staffordshire Terriers in the blaze, and their two cats are also missing and presumed dead.

There's nothing left of the house, and the state fire marshal is on the way. Bell says there's been a lot of speculation, and it's all untrue.

WTRF has a crew on the scene, and will have more coming up on 7 News at five and six.

 


 

ORIGINAL STORY:

A fire has completely demolished a Fairview, Ohio home Saturday evening and fire crews are working to put out remaining hot spots.

According to authorities the fire broke out at about 6 p.m. at a house on Fair Avenue. Reporters at the scene said the house was "gone" as firefighters worked to pull burnt siding from the site.

Fairview firefighters at the scene said they requested assistance from Barnesville Fire Department due to a lack of water. Fire crews from Fairview, Barnesville, Quaker City and Antrim responded.

Carissa Lake, a neighbor, said she heard what she believed to be an explosion of some kind. 

"It was very loud it, shook all of my windows and my front door, my little brother down with me so I was able to get outside," she said. "It just took seconds and it was completely engulfed."

The cause of the fire is under investigation. One firefighter said a wood burner is a possibility. No one was home at the time. Authorities say family pets were possibly lost, but they won't know more until they hear from the State Fire Marshall on Monday.