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Fire displaces Union County family, pets

UNION COUNTY — A family of three and their pack of dogs are safe this morning after a house fire in Jerome Township lit up the night.

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Jerome Township Fire Chief Scott Skeldon said that at approximately 3:15 a.m. a family living in a rental property at 10962 Jerome Road awoke to “a loud crack or bang noise.”

The home was part of the Jerome Village Company development, he said.

Fortunately, Skeldon said, the family’s four dogs were quick to alert them that something was wrong.

“The canines woke them up before the smoke alarms did,” Skeldon said.

After exiting the house, he said, the family smelled smoke, but it wasn’t until they were all outside before they noticed the back porch was on fire and flames were showing from the roof as well.

Skeldon said the construction of the home allowed for the flames to travel fast throughout the structure, but crews were able to keep it from getting out of control.

“The fire was somewhat stubborn,” he said. “But the guys did a nice job.”

Nonetheless, the chief said, the house was a total loss.

“It is currently uninhabitable,” he said.

With the fire out, Skeldon said he was attempting to get a hold of the Jerome Village rental company.

Fire inspectors were investigating the cause of the fire as of 8:30 a.m., Skeldon said. He said the initial results of that investigation show that the blaze started in the back porch of the home.

“They narrowed it down to that area,” he said. “But right now the official cause remains undetermined.”

Crews from Washington Township, Pleasant Valley, Concord Township, Scioto Township, Marysville, Allen Township, the Union County Emergency Management Agency and the Union County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Jerome Township Fire Department.

Skeldon said it was good to have the other departments on hand, especially because the fire occurred in a non-hydrant district.

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