Columbiana neighbors picking up pieces of fire that damaged homes

Early Friday morning, a fire started in a neighbor's garage and quickly spread to Sara Weaver's home on 7th Street

Early Friday morning, a fire started in her neighbor's garage and quickly spread to her house on 7th Street in Columbiana.


COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – Sara Weaver spent her morning moving debris off of her lawn.

Early Friday morning, a fire started in her neighbor’s garage and quickly spread to her house on 7th Street in Columbiana.

Weaver said she woke because of the blinding light.

“I could see the flames leaping up when I looked out,” she said.

Weaver said she immediately called 911 and as soon as she hung up, she hear people screaming outside.

“The neighbors were out here in my driveway saying, ‘Come out, come out! Come on!’ and I went to the door, and they were right at the door to meet me and took my hand and started walking me away from the house,” she said.

Fire crews arrived just before 1 a.m.

Neighbors say they heard popping noises and were concerned about strange sounds coming from the adjacent house.

“I heard some popping and I thought maybe it was some lightning or thunder. Then the more I listened, the more it sounded like firecrackers,” said neighbor Bob Hall.

Fire crews said the noises came from gun ammunition exploding in the upstairs part of the house.

Fire Chief Rick Garrity said that’s not uncommon.

“We get that now and again, so there was a fair amount of ammunition that was popping off up in the upstairs area,” he said.

Despite the challenges for fire crews, they managed to put the fire out in just 15 minutes.

Everyone got out of both houses unharmed, but by the time the fire crew arrived on scene, both homes had been severely damaged.

Weaver and her neighbor have a lot of clean-up ahead of them, but they can rest assured that they won’t have to do it alone.

“We’ll do whatever we can to help them, to help them out,” Hall said.

A cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but the State Fire Marshal has been called to investigate.

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