Chimney fire destroys West Road home



A fire Tuesday morning caused at least $100,000 in damage and could amount to the total loss of a Pittsfield Township home.

A husband and wife escaped the blaze at 16199 West Rd. without injuries, according to Wellington assistant fire chief Bill Brown.

The fire was likely caused by fire from a wood-burning stove escaping its chimney, he said.

Wellington firefighters responded to the fire at 5:03 a.m. and later received aid from Oberlin, LaGrange, Rochester, Camden Township, Carlisle Township, and the Central Lorain County Ambulance District.

Three of four dogs escaped safely during the fire while the fourth was found unharmed in a basement area after the situation was under control, said Brown.

“The couple that was in the home were awoken by smoke detectors and able to get out pretty quickly,” he said. “We found the fourth one hiding, completely unhurt.”

Tuesday’s incident comes after two other recent house fires in the area, one Thursday, March 7 at 27535 Baker Rd. in Huntington Township and the other two days prior at 19600 West Road in Wellington Township.

No injuries were reported in either blaze but the West Road home was deemed a total loss while roughly $75,000 in damage was incurred on Baker Road.

Brown said there are no signs of suspicious cause in any of the three fires, with last week’s originating respectively in a bathroom and kitchen.