Family escapes Howland fire

HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The Red Cross is helping a family of three with a place to stay after a fire damaged their home in Howland Friday morning.

Crews were called to the house in the 600 block of Brentwood Avenue around 1:45 a.m. A neighbor saw smoke coming from the house and called 911.

A man in his 70s and his wheelchair-bound wife and son were able to escape the home unharmed before fire crews arrived.

The fire was knocked down quickly, but there is extensive damage to the front bedroom and smoke damage throughout the house.

The three residents were treated at the scene. One received oxygen.

The fire chief said extra crews were called in to assist in case there was anyone trapped inside.

“They were nearly out of the house when the first crews got there,” said Howland Fire Chief James Pantalone. “One of the occupants was taken care of, got her some oxygen, some medical care. Everybody was doing fine.”

Pantalone said there is about $50,000 in damage to the home. He is not sure if the smoke detectors were working at the time of the fire.

Pantalone said this is the third big fire to hit Howland in the past few weeks.

“A lot of fire activity lately, unfortunately. A couple of weeks ago we did have two fatalities,” said Pantalone. “ We are working on smoke detector initiatives. Over the past year, we have done some giveaways.”

A cause in Friday’s fire has not been determined.

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