Two families watch their homes burn down in Center Township

The fire started just before midnight at the Threshingfloor Campground on Mattix Road

Two trailers burned down in Center Township, Ohio
Courtesy: The Morning Journal


CENTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Two trailers in Center Township burned down Thursday night, leaving only rubble and two families homeless.

The people living inside weren’t hurt, but they lost everything inside, including their animals.

The families said they’ve experienced nothing like this before and they’re relying on faith to get them through.

“I feel terrible. It was everything I owned,” Cameron Trunick said. “My whole life was in that trailer, and it’s just gone.”

The fire started just before midnight at the Threshingfloor Campground on Mattix Road. Cameron Trunick smelled smoke and woke everyone up.

“I couldn’t breathe. I just woke up, instantly, and knew something was wrong ’cause I was just gasping for air,” Trunick said.

Trunick ran next door, grabbed Joy Miller and her family out of their home. Then, they all stood together, helpless, and watched them burn to the ground.

The Lisbon Fire Department, as well as other assisting departments, arrived soon after. The fire took an hour and a half to put out.

Lisbon Chief Paul Gresh Jr. said the fire started in a rear bedroom. Investigators believe it was an electrical fire, but they may not be able to learn the cause due to the extent of damages.

Gresh said it’s devastating to see families lose everything.

“People don’t realize what firefighters go through and what they see and what they have to witness. There are some things that stick with you for a long, long time,” he said.

Miller said although they lost everything, she is counting her blessings.

“It’s hard to see everything burn, but the thing is, we’re all safe and it’s just material things,” she said.

Material things that the community is already helping them replace. In the hours since the fire, both families have been given clothes, food and shelter. The Red Cross is assisting.

“It makes me feel amazing,” Trunick said. “It’s just, like I said, people care, people want to give, and it’s just, God’s actually coming down and helping.”

 

Broken windows and burnt wood are all that’s left, but underneath those ashes lies hope and the promise of a new beginning.

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