Residents are reacting to the frightening scene they were awakened too late Tuesday night as a fire ripped through a Bellaire home.
People in the area said fire crews from four different departments spent nearly four hours trying to contain the flames as they ripped through the unoccupied home, at 4305 Jefferson Street. The scene was a very different one once crews left and the sun rose in the village Wednesday morning. Neighbors said they were up all night while crews worked diligently to put out the blaze.
“The roof was blazing, it was blazing. It started on the second window and looked like it was going up, and when it went up; it was all over then. The whole roof was on fire,” said Sherrod Clark who lives across the street.
Right next door, Bill McCamick and his brother were asleep, when their phone rang warning them to get out of their house, “I looked at the window and saw fire flickering, I got my brother and we got out of the house. It was about midnight and they had the fire out around 3 o’clock,” McCamick said.
Water continued to drip throughout the house, Wednesday, leaking from the ceiling in some rooms. The windows were busted and blown out from the flames and the water used to douse those flames. The roof was gone and icicles have formed where firefighters put out the flames. Neighbor said a new owner just purchased the home not long ago and they’ve spent weeks working to renovate the property, but now that is all over; as the fire chief with the Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department claimed the home a total loss.
“The fire department tried to keep the fire from hitting our ceiling and in doing that, it tore a gutter and it went through a window, so we have like three windows busted and the ceiling in four rooms is falling in,” McCamick said about the damage done to his home, next door. He said their home did sustain some damages, but they’re thankful firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading and the damages weren’t worse.
“They said that it might have started from a furnace, but they have the state Fire Marshal coming to look at it,” McCamick said.
Sherrod Clark lives across the street and watched everything as it transpired. He said the noises outside woke him up, that’s when he saw firsthand exactly what was happening, “Fire trucks were probably 20 feet above the house and they were spraying down, then this side caught on fire, then that ladder truck went up probably 10 feet and it looked like a blaze in hell,” Clark said.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office spent much of the day, Wednesday, sifting through the remains to pinpoint exactly what caused the fire.