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Storms blamed for fire that forced Rochester Township family from home overnight


ROCHESTER TWP. — Storms overnight likely caused a fire that has forced a Rochester Township family from their home.

Fire Chief Bob Elbon said crews were called to 29475 Gore Orphanage Road about 2:20 a.m.

Mike Peabody, his wife and three or four children were all sleeping in the house when the fire started but were able to get out OK, Elbon said.

Elbon said there was a lightning strike near the home prior to the fire, and that likely cause a power surge, which ignited wires in the home's floor. The house was full of smoke when firefighters arrived, Elbon said.

He said the department was on the scene until about 6 a.m.

Elbon didn't have a damage estimate but said the house is not liveable, largely due to smoke and water damage. The Lorain County auditor lists the home and property value at $330,000.

Elbon said he believes the family has a place to stay.

Elbon said the Rochester Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by the Wellington Fire Department, the Ruggles-Troy Volunteer Fire Department and the New London Fire Department.

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