June 28, 2016

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Fire leaves family of 5 homeless

GRANGER TWP. — Investigators are still searching for the cause of a fire that reduced a township home to rubble Wednesday night.

Granger Fire Chief John Hadam said the department received the call at 851 Remsen Road at 11:41 p.m. He said the house was completely ablaze by the time crews arrived shortly afterward.

Hadam said the five-member Letner family was in the house when the fire started. He said everyone made it out, including an elderly woman who was carried from the second floor by a family member.

mg_a1cl5x020410fire1mkA fire that destroyed a house at 851 Remsen Road, Granger Township, late Wednesday was still smoldering Thursday afternoon. The family that lived there made it out safely, Granger Fire Chief John Hadam said. (Maria Kacik / Gazette)

“Pretty much, if he didn’t do that, she would have not made it,” Hadam said.

The family is staying with relatives, he said.

Hadam said it took about an hour to gain control over the blaze, but the house was a total loss. He did not have a damage estimate Thursday.

Firefighters were still at the site Thursday afternoon to deal with smoldering hot spots.

Hadam said the fire likely started somewhere in the garage, “but we don’t know where.”

Besides Granger, Hinckley and Sharon township departments responded to the fire.

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@ohio.net.