Seven area fire departments responded to a house fire early this morning in Perry County
The family-built home located at 3147 Cooperriders Road, just North West of Somerset, belonged to Jim and Judy Vatter. Somerset, Thornville, Thirsten, Millersport, Licking, National Trails, and Hopewell Township fire departments as well as the State Fire Marshal and the Red Cross were on scene.
"When I arrived on scene, the Fire Chief introduced me to the family. I started chatting with them a little bit, and realized that they had lots of family around them, support from the fire department, relatives on the fire department that were there ready to assist them immediately," said Martha Staley, Red Cross Community Disaster Educator.
Members of the Hopewell Township Fire Department said when they arrived, the addition was engulfed. Their initial attack was to use the deck gun on one of the engines. An interior attack was also used to extinguish the flames. Relatives of the home owners were volunteers at the Hopewell department and responded to the scene to both assist the fire fight and their family.
"They pretty much had a plan in place, they had a place there on the property to stay so it’s always good to know that sometimes people already have the things that they need or have that support system in place," said Staley.
There were no family or pets injured in the fire. Family members speculate the dryer was the cause of the fire but the official cause is still under investigation.