The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

January 2, 2013

Cause still unknown for Conneaut New Year's Eve blaze

CONNEAUT — Investigators are still trying to determine what started a New Year’s Eve fire that caused heavy damage to a Hayward Avenue house, according to reports.

The fire at 120 Hayward began in a front room where a pellet-burning stove and at least two electrical heaters were located, Assistant Fire Chief Steve Sanford said Wednesday. However, he stopped short of saying the devices kindled the blaze.

“There is no cause at this time,” Sanford said.

Flames quickly traveled up to the building’s second floor, firefighters said.

Two dogs died in the fire that began after 4:30 p.m., Sanford said. The fire caused an estimated $50,000 damage to the house and contents, firefighters said.

The house was packed with property, making it difficult for firefighters to move once inside, Sanford said. Even with the obstacles, the fire was doused quickly, firefighters have said.

Except for the dogs, no one was home when the fire began, Sanford said. A man and woman live in the house, which reportedly is owned by the man’s sister who resides out of the area, he said.

Names of the owner and occupants were not immediately available, firefighters said. The American Red Cross sent help to the scene, firefighters said.

Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Facebook Is Officially A Mobile Company 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Swiftair Loses Contact With Air Algerie Aircraft Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid