Munroe Falls -- A Cuyahoga Falls firefighter suffered a hurt shoulder after helping battle a fire that destroyed a home at the end of Hunter Avenue in Munroe Falls this morning, Munroe Falls Fire Chief Lee Chafin said.
No other injuries were reported after the blaze; however, a household pet is missing.
Chafin said police are not involved in the investigation because the fire appears to have started accidentally. He said the house is "totaled."
Chafin said fire/medics from Stow, Tallmadge and Cuyahoga Falls provided mutual aid after the fire was reported at 3:28 a.m. He said the homeowner, a woman, had gotten out of the house, along with a cat and dog, when firefighters arrived. A second cat remains unaccounted for.
"She said her first floor smoke detector activated and she got herself out of the house immediately," Chafin said. "On our arrival, we found smoke showing from all areas of the house. In the basement, we discovered a large, deep-seated fire."
Chafin said the fire appeared to have started around a downstairs utility room, near the furnace and hot-water tank, which was surrounded by various materials.
"We're looking at the area [where the fire likely started] around the hot water tank and furnace associated with the large quantity of merchandise in the basement," Chafin added.
While the bulk of the fire was under control after about 20 minutes, the fire was not fully extinguished until about 4:15 a.m., Chafin said, due to "labor-intensive" work.
"So much additional manpower is needed in these kinds of fires because you have to move a lot out in order to get to the fire and put it down," he said.
Around 10 a.m., some debris continued to faintly smolder in piles of material that were strewn about outside the house.
Chafin noted how two vehicles parked behind the house showed damage from the intense heat of the house fire, including rear lights that appeared to have begun melting.
"Working smoke detectors save lives," Chafin emphasized.
No adjacent properties were damaged.
Phone: 330-541-9400, ext. 4179