SALEM TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Several fire departments were called about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday to a fire in Salem Twp.
Crews were called to the fully engulfed fire at a home on Cunningham Road, just off state Route 344.
Heavy smoke could be seen for miles from the structure.
The home sits several feet off of the road, and there are no fire hydrants. Water was trucked in to put out the blaze.
Dan Valentine, constable and Salem Twp. Fire Marshal, said because of this, fighting the fire was difficult.
“There’s always that element of difficulty when you’re fighting a fire when there’s no fire hydrants out here, and we’re at below-freezing temperatures, but the fire departments did a great job of knocking it down and being able to get to the fire,” he said.
Ruthie Nennig, the homeowner, was outside on Tuesday watching the smoke. The home was built in 2008.
Three dogs and two goats survived, but three cats and a bird inside likely died — all rescues.
Firefighters said the home was a total loss and was uninsured, so Nennig is looking for a place to stay. Nennig told investigators she hadn’t insured it because it was still a work in progress — with exposed insulation and unframed windows.
“This is awful, because I can’t replace it. I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she said.
Nennig added that all of her belongings were also destroyed.
Valentine said the fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature, but the cause is unknown at this time. The State Fire Marshal will be called in to investigate.