CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – A man was taken to the hospital following a fire at his home Monday afternoon.
A Campbell police officer on patrol noticed thick smoke in the area around 3:15 p.m. When he drove down Whipple Avenue, he found the house at 333 Whipple Ave. engulfed in flames.
Fire Chief Nick Hrelec said Lamarr Harris, 81, was using a propane stove to cook. Somehow, the valve got disconnected and shot a flame under the bed, catching the bed on fire.
Firefighters had to duck for cover at one point when ammunition stored in the bedroom started going off.
“The propane was feeding it. Then in the same bedroom he had a closet full of weapons and ammo and the ammo was going off while our guys were trying to attack the fire,” Hrelec said.
Harris suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital.
The home next door sustained damage to the siding.