Zanesville Family Loses Home to Fire

by Emily Baird on November 15, 2010 at 1:35 am

A Zanesville family is homeless after a Sunday afternoon fire.

The Washington Township Fire Department was dispatched to John Burwell’s home at 4545 Church Hill Road. Firefighters say they could see smoke from their firehouse, several miles away. When they arrived at the scene, Captain Adam Siddle says the structure was completely engulfed.

"Obviously it’s a no go-in situation. You’re pumping water in from the outside. It’s hard to see anything under these circumstances," says Captain Siddle.

It took crews an hour and a half before the fire was completely contained.

"We had to use a lot of tankers-what we call water shuttling. We moved a lot of water back and forth. There’s no hydrants out here, " says Captain Siddle.

Crews were on the scene another three hours as they worked to put out hot spots.

Siddle says there was only one woman home at the time of the fire, who was injured while trying to escape. He says she hurt her ankle and drove herself to Good Samaritan Hospital to be checked out. The Muskingum Valley Red Cross is assisting the family of five with food and clothing while they stay with family.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating the cause of the fire. Siddle says it may have started in the garage.