Christmas Eve Fire on Ohio Street

by Katie McGraw on December 25, 2012 at 9:21 am

Fire erupted around two this afternoon on Ohio Street in Zanesville. The Zanesville Fire Department says the cause of the fire is still under investigation but crews say residents were not home and there were no injuries.

Bob Long, the Assistant Fire Chief, explained, "We arrived, fire was coming from the left rear, of the structure, first floor, and extended to the second floor. We had a little trouble getting in and finding the fire. Once we did, we got it out. There is considerable damage and two residents are displaced by it "

According to Assistant Chief Long, the residents have family nearby and are not in need of help from the American Red Cross. They also had home insurance. Long believes the damage is around 50,000 dollars. He also explained Christmas fires are not as common as they used to be because more people are using artificial trees but for the firefighters, helping individuals on a holiday makes the job worth it.

"That’s why they do it, there is a lot of satisfaction in this job for guys who do it. They dont want to come out and do these kind of things, but when they have to, they are into it. I’m just glad no one got hurt, you know, around the holidays, that’s always a good thing," said Long.

It took firefighters around 20-25 minutes to contain the fire.