Fire destroys home in Dunham Township

DUNHAM TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 10/04/2019 5:35 P.M.

We have an update on the fire that destroyed a residence in Dunham Township.

The residents were at the home at the time of the fire but got away uninjured, however three dogs perished.

The fire then spread to behind the house a small brush fire.

Dunham, Barlow, Wesley, Little Hocking and Washington Bottom fire departments all were at the scene.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but Ohio State Fire Marshal is investigating.


ORIGINAL STORY: 10/04/2019 5 P.M.

A Washington County family lost their home and most of their belongings in a fire Friday afternoon.

Firefighters from multiple departments were called to the home at 99 Cherry Hill Lane in Dunham Township about 1:15 p.m. They remained on the scene until late in the afternoon.

It's unclear how the fire started, but fire officials were not immediately available to comment.

Neighbors said they heard at least two small explosions but said everyone made it out of home safely before firefighters arrived.

Because there were no fire hydrants near the home, tankers from several departments were used to shuttle water to the scene to help put out the fire.

Firefighters also sprayed water on a nearby hillside to prevent the flames from spreading through the dry surroundings.

Units from the Dunham Township, Wesley Township, Little Hocking and Belpre responded to the scene, along with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the American Red Cross.