EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) — A Ball Avenue home that burned early Tuesday morning, leaving its family homeless, is being ruled arson.
City firefighters who arrived just after 5 a.m. Tuesday to the house in the 20000 block of Ball Avenue captured video showing flames venting from windows on the first floor, according to a Facebook post. The residents escaped before the department’s arrival, firefighters said.
They blasted hoses from the outside, then moved inside to search and further control the fire. They found the fire had spread to the second floor, and to the attic.
They also called in firefighter units from Wickliffe, Willowick, Richmond Heights and Mentor.
Responders got the fire under control about an hour later. Its severity “required extensive labor and overhaul on each floor of the house to ensure full extinguishment,” reads the release.
According to investigators, the officials believe the fire was the result of arson. They’re offering $5,000 for information leading to suspects in the case.
The house would likely be declared a total loss, according to the release. The American Red Cross of Northern Ohio has provided shelter for the family.