William A. West
ASHTABULA_A family of six lost everything and is homeless following a house fire about 2:38 p.m. Monday at 3241 Lake Ave. in Ashtabula. Ashtabula City firefighters found fire coming from first-floor windows and heavy smoke billowing from the two-story wood frame structure when they arrived at 2:42 p.m. The smoke created white-out conditions on Lake Avenue. Firefighters extinguished the bulk of the fire in a first-floor bedroom. The firefighters found more fire in the dining room and a bedroom and quickly put out the fire. A check of the second floor was made and was declared all clear. No family members were at the scene when the firefighters arrived. The pet dog and rabbit were saved.
The road was closed to traffic for several hours. Initial reports indicate that neighbors made the 911 call. The Ashtabula Township Fire Department also responded to the mutual aid call. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Property damage is estimated at $50,000 and damage to contents is estimated at $30,000. Firefighters cleared the scene at 4:09 p.m.
The family is in need of clothing for four boys, an adult female and male. The twin boys’ sizes are 4/5; a six-year-old wears size 6/7 and the seven-year-old wears size 8/10. The mother wears size 13 woman’s pants and extra large shirt; the man wears 32/34 pants and a large shirt. The boys’ shoe sizes are 10, 4 and 2.
Donations can be dropped off at 262 Jackson St. in Jefferson, Ohio.