Family of six left homeless after house fire

Ashtabula Township and Ashtabula firefighters respond to a house fire in the 5900 block of Woodman Ave. at 11:45 a.m. Friday. 

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — A family of six lost their home in a fire Friday in the 5900 block of Woodman Avenue.

The Ashtabula Township Fire Department received the call at 11:45 a.m., according to dispatcher reports.

When firefighters arrived at 5915 Woodman Ave., they saw heavy smoke and flames billowing out of the front porch of the gray, one-story, wood frame structure, according to reports.

All occupants, except for the family’s cat, were out of the building prior to the fire department’s arrival, Township Fire Chief Tom Steele said.

One person was transported by ambulance to Ashtabula County Medical Center for medical evaluation, he said.

Ashtabula City, Saybrook Township and Jefferson fire departments assisted the township in extinguishing the blaze and keeping nearby homes from catching on fire.

Neighbors bundled up in winter clothing stood outside to watch the firefighters work.

Ashtabula County Sheriff’s deputies blocked off traffic coming from the north and south on Woodman Avenue.

Terry L. Davis owns the property, according to the Ashtabula County Auditor’s website.

“No dollar amount of damage has been determined, but the house suffered extensive fire and smoke damage,” Steele said. 

Firefighters remained at the scene of the fire for three hours, according to reports. The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation, Steele said.

The American Red Cross met with family members late Friday afternoon at ACMC.

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