Crews Road residence destroyed by fire

Special to the Journal/Gary Tolson Flames and smoke pour from a home on Crews Road in Madison Township.

WELLSVILLE — Fire destroyed a home Tuesday morning near Crews and Osbourne roads.

According to West Point Fire Chief Wayne Chamberlain, firefighters were called around 10:29 a.m. to 17583 Crews Road for a report of a fire, which reportedly started in a front corner room of the two-story structure.

Chamberlain said the home’s owner — John McCullough, who lives down the street — made the initial call  about the fire, which had become fully involved by the time crews arrived.

Firefighters from West Point and Glenmoor worked for several hours to extinguish the fire, battling billowing smoke early on. The two-story home was declared a total loss. It was insured.

Two people who were inside the home — resident Sara Smith and a male guest — and a dog were able to escape  without injury.

Chamberlain reported one firefighter suffered minor burns while attempting to put out the fire and was taken to East Liverpool City Hospital, where he was treated and released. No other injuries were reported.

Portions of the two roads, which had been somewhat snow-covered, were blocked off to oncoming traffic, with residents advising motorists of the closure.

In addition to West Point and Glenmoor crews, Lisbon firefighters were placed on standby.

The cause of the fire, as well as a dollar amount of damage, remain under investigation.