Family safely escapes Howland Twp house fire

Howland fire. Oct. 14, 2015
Howland fire crews clean up after a house fire on Deer Creek Lane NE. Oct. 14, 2015

HOWLAND TWP, Ohio (WKBN) – It doesn’t look bad from the outside, but there is significant interior damage from a house fire in Howland Township this morning.

The family got out of the Deer Creek Lane NE home safely. The fire cause appears to be electrical in nature. Howland Fire Chief James Pantalone said that the fire broke out around 7:45 a.m. and that the family was out of the house by the time the fire department arrived on the scene.

Rescue crews were alerted to the fire by a township bus driver who saw flames and called for help, according to the incident report. The Cortland City Fire Department assisted in putting out the blaze.

The fire department reported that the loss of the structure and contents is an estimated $100,000 collectively. Due to the extent of the fire and smoke damage, the family of five will be displaced from the residence, and they are being assisted by the American Red Cross for temporary living areas.

Much of the damage is in the garage area of the home, and the majority of the fire was in the living area at the center of the house, according to Pantalone.

The family dog, Midnight, was found and taken to a local veterinary clinic where it was given oxygen and an IV, while the family cat was also found alive and well but did not want to be rescued by the fire crews, according to a news release from the Howland Fire Department.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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