Fire Tears Through Belmont County Home


 Firefighters from four departments braved chilly temperatures and snow on Sunday night to fight a large fire on Willowbrook Road. The call came in at 5:44 p.m., and according to Sunset Heights Fire Chief Jim Delman, many of the first responders could see the thick black smoke on their way to the department. 

When firefighters arrived, the whole front of the  house was burning, and the siding was starting to melt off the home next door. 

One woman was inside the home at the time, but she made it out safely.

While the snow did not pose problems for firefighters getting to the fire, it made their work a little bit harder when they got on the scene. “Deep snow around the structure makes it difficult to drag hose lines through and for every body to walk around,” Delman said.

Crews from Colerain, Sunset Heights, Martins Ferry and Brookside all responded.

Delman said they did not have problems with any of the hydrants in the area being frozen, so they did not have to call a tanker task force in.

As of Sunday night, the cause of the fire was not determined. 

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