ELYRIA — A fire displaced residents Thursday and injured two firefighters.
Assistant Fire Chief Joe Pronesti said crews arrived at 7:35 p.m. at 835 Fairwood Blvd. and encountered heavy fire and smoke. He said the large amount of items inside the home made it difficult for firefighters to enter.
Pronesti said two firefighters were treated by medics due to heat and smoke exposure, and they likely would need further medical treatment at a hospital.
Homeowner Lori Clark, 88, sat on a chair across the street from her home next to her roller walker as firefighters knocked out the fire and continued dousing it for hotspots. She was flanked by neighbors who came by to ask how she was or bring her water.
Clark said she was cooking when her phone rang and she had to go upstairs to answer because the phones downstairs were not working.
“I always check my stove light to see if it’s still on,” she said. “Today the phone was ringing and I had to go upstairs and I didn’t check so the stove must have been on.”
Clark’s son Andrew Hagerty, 61, who also lives in the home, said he was gone at the time and on a job near Hilliard and Gulf roads when he learned the house was on fire.
“A neighbor found my mom in the backyard, and she wanted to go back in but they wouldn’t let her,” Hagerty said. “No one was inside except for two parakeets.”
Hagerty said he suspects the fire started in the back of the house by the kitchen and then rapidly spread upward and inward. According to Lorain County Auditor records, the house has a total market value of $90,250.
Mutual aid was provided by Lorain and Sheffield Lake fire departments. Pronesti said a cause is undetermined and the fire remains under investigation.