A family of nine is homeless after an early morning fire ripped through their home in the east end of East Liverpool.
The house on Rail Road Street and two other vacant homes burnt to the ground this morning. Authorities said the fires started about 5:00 a.m. The fire originated in one family's house and spread to the two houses on either side of it.
Fire officials believe the fire started upstairs, but they haven't been able to pinpoint how it started.
By the time the fire department arrived, the home was fully involved. The good news is that all nine family members got out of the burning building safely
"They tried to extinguish the fire themselves so it kind of put a delay on the call, and it was through the roof when we arrived," said East Liverpool Fire Chief William Jones.
The Chief said the fire was definitely accidental and that they want to do some interviews to determine how it happened. He said there were no signs of anything suspicious
The Red Cross is taking care of the family; they said they will be setting up donations.
Fire destroyed three homes and damaged two others on Railroad Street in East Liverpool early Friday morning, leaving a family of nine homeless.
The fire originated at around 5 a.m. in the center home and quickly spread to the neighboring homes. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but East Liverpool's fire chief says it appears to be accidental.
Three of the homes burned to the ground. The Red Cross is currently assisting the families affected by the blaze.