RAVENNA, Ohio -- An overnight house fire leaves a young family with no place to live. Their home is a total loss and they lost everything inside, including their family pets.
Intense flames lit up the night sky just after midnight Saturday, as this house on South Diamond Street in Ravenna burns out of control. Neighbor Alex Fincham could hardly believe what she saw.
“It was engulfed in flames, just completely. And then, the front door just exploded -- literally, it just when poof,” she said.
Nancy Maimone, the neighbor across the street, learned of the fire when she heard someone's voice outside.
"There was a man yelling names. I thought it was an argument, apparently he had been calling for his dogs.
Firefighters say the young family who lives here, a man, woman and a 2-year-old child -- were not at home at the time of the fire. But, the family's three dogs died inside.
Dave Delphia of D & C Renovations was called to shut off the gas line and that's when he shot video of the firefighters battling the blaze.
“They just started attacking it from the front. Once they got it going from the front, it picked up through the roof. When they started going through the roof, it started going through the side windows,” he said.
This turned out to be difficult fire to contain. There were about 20 firefighters, trying for two hours to bring it under control. In the end, the house was a total loss.
Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire. There were no injuries, but this family lost their home and everything they own. "It's the worst time of the year for it to happen. No one deserves for it to happen and it's very upsetting,” Fincham said.
Firefighters say the family is staying with relatives.