Fire heavily damages Plain City home

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 2:06 PM

Jesus Lopez Jr.

PLAIN CITY — Streams of water rained down from all angles, attempting to quench the flames dancing where the roof used to be.

North View Fire District crews fought back the blaze Tuesday morning at 2735 N. Pheasantbrook Way, Plain City.

Fire vehicles responded to the call at 10:08 a.m. Among the fire vehicles was an aerial ladder truck to douse the fire from above. Other firefighters crouched on the ground gripping hoses, making their own attempts to fight back the flames.

No one was in the house when crews arrived to see the rear of the home engulfed in flames.

After an hour, the home was gutted, leaving only the front facade.

Nearby, spectators surrounded the area in the near-100-degree heat to catch a glimpse of the powerful blaze.

The homeowners stood a few houses down, watching their home burn, but did not want to comment at this time.

Even with the intensity of the fire, crews managed to keep it contained and away from the surrounding homes.

Plain City Fire Chief Jeremy Crowton said in the end, it took about two hours to contain the fire.

Fire investigators sifted through the house for the rest of the afternoon.

Crowton said the cause is still under investigation, but it appears to be accidental.

In the end, Crowton estimates the damage to be about $400,000.

Along with the heat of the flames, the firefighters also had to endure the heat of the day as the summer temperature continued to rise.

The fire departments had to be extra careful with their personnel. Crowton said:

“It is definitely makes it harder for people to function. You have to keep them hydrated.”

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