Fire Rips Through Cannelville Road Home

by Katie Jeffries on April 15, 2010 at 10:46 am

A second fire breaks out on a Brush Creek Township road in less than 24 hours.

Around 9 p.m. Wednesday night, a fire broke out at 4065 Cannelville Road. Firefighters say upon arrival they saw heavy flames coming from the attic and back of the house. Owners, Richard and Sherry Fritz, tell WHIZ a grill on the back porch started the blaze.

While fighting the fire, crews ran out of water.

"They had more water coming and it is so far out, we have other departments coming out from different areas and it is just a matter of minutes to get them here," says Lt. Todd Elmore with the Harrison Township Fire Department.

Water supply was not the only problem firefighters faced when fighting what they call a "very stubborn" fire.

"The size of the house for one and being spread out. It has got up into the attic and into the basement itself, so it is tough fighting it because we can’t send firefighters into this house in the condition it is in," says Lt. Elmore.

The house, made primarily of wood, is valued near $150,000 according to the County Auditor’s Web site. It is a total loss. At least five fire departments were called to assist at the scene including Harrison, Roseville, South Zanesville, Newton and Wayne Townships.