Fire interrupts fundraiser
CALCUTTA – Several firefighters had to return to duty while honoring two of their own Saturday night.
Glenmoor and Calcutta fire crews responded after 10 p.m. to a house fire at 48812 Bloomfield Ave. off St. Clair Avenue.
A passerby reported the fire, which was on the second floor of the house. No one, including homeowner Misty Davis and her husband, were home when the fire broke.
Calcutta Assistant Chief Dave McCoy said he and several firefighters received the call while attending a benefit dinner at the East Liverpool Motor Lodge for fellow firefighters Jamie and Meghann Nign, who were killed in a car accident Jan. 19.
“We were all at the fundraiser for the Nigns when we got the call,” McCoy said. “We were eating dinner, then had to go out.”
Glenmoor fire crews first arrived at the scene, followed by Calcutta. By this time, the fire was contained to the second floor, which was later deemed a total loss.
“By the time the first truck arrived, it had been fully involved,” McCoy said. “All of the beds and everything in the bedroom are destroyed. There is nothing left up on that floor that’s salvageable.”
The home is insured and although no injuries were reported, one firefighter came close to injury as he fell through the second-story floor, but was helped out of the hole by two other firefighters.
“One of the guys fell through the floor while working on the second floor,” McCoy said. “Luckily, there were two guys there that was able to help him up out of the hole, and he wasn’t injured.”
McCoy said that two areas in the floor where the registers were may have caused the floor to weaken but caused no damage to the hardwood floor on the first floor.
“The registers have square edges on them, and they have a tendency to be damaged by the fire first,” McCoy said. “On the other hand, the old-style hardwood floor on the first floor is still in very good shape.”
Despite the damage to the second floor, the fire did not touch the basement and first floor. The basement suffered only water damage, while the second floor suffered heavy water and smoke damage.
Crews also rescued three dogs from the fire, but two cats could not be accounted for.
Liverpool Township also assisted along with St. Clair police and Lifeteam EMS.
While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, McCoy said it does not appear to be suspicious.