Thornville Family Loses Home to Blaze

by Emily Baird on January 31, 2010 at 11:58 am

A Thornville family is homeless after a fire consumed their home.

It happened around 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.

WHIZ’s Emily Baird has more.

"Upon arrival, we had the second and first floor fully involved, " saus Thornville Township Assistant Fire Chief, Rob Sands.

Sands, says flames were shooting from the home as crews raced up the driveway to the home at 7335 Township Road 87.

A total of five crews were called in to assist, and some tankers had to stop at Sheridan High School for water.

"It’s where we set up our water supply. So, we had crews over there to get some water in, " says Sands.

Crews fought the fire for more than an hour, and the home is considered a total loss.

Jack and Amber Bishop lived at the residence with their three children, ages six, two, and four months, but they weren’t home at the time of the fire.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. Sands says his department doesn’t believe the fire was intentional, but it has called the State Fire Marshall’s Office in to take a look.

"Just to let them have a piece of mind. That way, we can get the probable cause, " says Sands.

The Muskingum County Red Cross was called in to provide aide to the family.

"It just provides enough to give them some clothes and stuff. We brought some hygiene kits and blankets. So, they at least have something that’s their own, " says Dianna Finkle of the Red Cross.

However, it will not be providing the Bishops with shelter.

"They’re going to be staying with family. So, that’s-I’m sure-one relief. You know, have the comfort of somebody’s home at least, " says Finkle.

This is the second fire the Red Cross has responded to in three days.

"Wintertime, we definitely see an increase just because of the way people heat their homes and try to supplement because of the rising costs of heating, " says Finkle.

I’m Emily Baird for WHIZ News.

For information on what you can do to help families who are victims of fire or other natural disasters, contact the Red Cross at 740-452-2731.