MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE 12/24/18 1:00 p.m.
Fire investigators say they believe an electrical issue in the basement may have caused a fire that heavily damaged a home on Masonic Park Road in Devola on Monday.
Devola Assistant Fire Chief Jim Wark said when units first arrived on scene, flames covered much of the front porch and breached into the home.
Family members had evacuated the home safely before fire units arrived. Some residents at the scene say the home has been in their family for over 30 years and the house itself was built in the 1800s.
Chief Wark says the balloon construction style of the house, which is an old building style with no fire breaks, allowed the fire to quickly travel up to the attic. Firefighters battled hot spots for some time in the attic before finally extinguishing the blaze after noon.
Wark says the home is a total loss, but no injuries were reported. He praised the county's mutual aid system, which automatically calls for a second department for structure fires. The fact that the home is still standing, he says, is a testament to the quick response and superb effort from all the responding departments.
The state fire marshal will come down next week to investigate the cause.
ORIGINAL STORY 12/24/18 10:39 a.m.
Firefighters from four departments are fighting a large house fire that started Monday morning on Masonic Park Road in Devola.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office confirmed that units from Devola, Fearing Township, Salem Township and Marietta were called to the area about 10:30 a.m.
Sheriff Larry Mincks said it appears that everyone made it out safely.
We have a reporter at the scene, and we'll update this story at WTAP.com and on WTAP News at Noon, 5, 6 and 11.