HOMEWORTH, Ohio (WKBN) — Five people made it out alive Sunday morning after a nursing home caught fire in Homeworth, Ohio.
WKBN spoke with the neighbor who made that 911 call.
Neighbors and residents look on as firefighters work to put out the flames burning the home.
When one neighbor noticed the fire, he called 911.
“I went up there and the house was on fire. I called 911 at 1:54 and that’s when the fire department showed up,” said Bruce Riesen, a neighbor to the nursing home.
Now that the scene has been cleared, this is what the home looks like now — a total loss.
When crews arrived on the scene, they were faced with a rescue mission.
“There was a victim on the roof that we were able to find and locate and bring off the roof,” said Homeworth Fire Chief Brian Baker.
After the rescue, the roof collapsed.
All five people inside the Shadyside Home, an assisted living facility, were taken to Alliance Community Hospital, five miles away.
One person had to be treated for smoke inhalation.
After being released, the victims were taken to another living facility.
Firefighters were on the scene for more than 10 hours.
They were still putting out hotspots in the afternoon.
Fire chief Brian Baker says there would’ve been a challenge with water supply if they had to rely on the tanker trucks.
“We were fortunate that there was a pond on scene that we were able to draft directly out of,” said Baker.
Riesen is thinking about the positives of this emotional situation.
“There were five people in there and they all got out alive, that’s the main things the guys should look at. A building can always be rebuilt,” said Riesen.