WTRF.com is learning from the homeowners that the fire is believed to have ignited a fuel furnace, causing an explosion. The cause of the fire itself remains undetermined.
Unfortunately, the family lost their pets in the fire. They tell us they are planning to rebuild. Brian Bell tells WTRF.com he's not normally one to ask for help, but his family is facing desperate times.
If you have the means to help the Bell family, Brian says they are accepting donations of building materials, monetary donations, and a trailer to stay in on the property until they are able to rebuild. You can contact his cell phone at (740) 241-0524.
The State Fire Marshall will be investigating on Monday. Stay with WTRF.com for updates.
A fire has completely flattened 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 in the area, 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.