‘Just devastating’: Fire jumps from home to home in Mentor

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MENTOR, Ohio (WJW) – Firefighters in Mentor battled two fires overnight.

They were called to the 4900 block of Forest Rd. around midnight Wednesday for a house fire.

When they arrived, one house was on fire and the house next door had caught fire as well. “I think that the homes being so close to each other in this neighborhood and it got a little bit of a head on us and just kind of jumped from home to home,” said Battalion Chief Tom Keidel.

Firefighters fought the flames for more than an hour.

The second floor collapsed on the first house while firefighters were trying to get the fire out.

Both homes are a total loss.

The flames were so powerful, a third home was damaged in the fire.

A person who lived in the home where the fire started was evaluated at the scene for minor injuries.

Red Cross responded to help the families. Volunteers are also pitching in and helping wherever they can. “Just devastating, unbelievable, glad to be able to come and give somebody a hand at this time of the year,” said Jeffrey Jukiewicz.

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