LIMA – A family of seven lost their home to an attic fire Tuesday evening.
According to first responders on scene, family members were home to notice the smoke and call 911 quickly, but smoke and water damage make the home uninhabitable.
“Fortunately, everyone made it out safely,” said Lima Fire Chief Jim Pribanich. “They called right away and it happened in the late afternoon just as everyone was getting home from work so we had good manpower. Unfortunately, the water pours right through the house and everything will be soft in a few hours. But everything went very well considering what could have happened.”
The emergency call came in shortly after 4:45 p.m. Three adults and four children left the house immediately. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the attic.
The Red Cross responded to the scene to help the family find temporary shelter. The Livingston County Office of Emergency Management and Livingston County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the fire.
Firefighters and investigators continue to remove burned insulation from the attic.
The Lima, East Avon and Livonia Fire Departments responded to the scene alongside an Avon Ambulance and Livingston County EMS ambulance and vehicles. The Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol, Criminal Investigations Division and Forensic Identification Unit responded to the scene.
“It is a real shame,” added Pribanich. “It’s not how you wish anyone has to spend this time of year, right around Christmas.”