A fire at 45250 East Hamilton St. in New Russia Township caused no injuries but forced a family from its home Thursday.
Oberlin firefighters responded to the call at approximately 11:45 a.m., with later support coming from mutual aid in Wellington and South Amherst.
Large flames engulfed the east side of the home, shooting out a side door and eventually collapsing the roof before they were put out around 1:30 p.m.
Resident Nachole Rothgery said her young son was the one who first smelled smoke when they were in their front yard.
“We were just trying to find things to do like leaf crafting, so we came outside,” she said. “We came outside and he said, ‘There’s smoke, Mom.’ We’re just really scared.”
In addition to taking care of her son, Rothgery managed to round up three pet dogs and get them to safety inside a nearby car.
The home has been declared uninhabitable and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.
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