Firefighters battle blaze on Y&O Road

Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer David and Cherity Springer walk their two dogs up Y&O Road to a friend’s car as West Point and Glenmoor firefighters work at extinguishing their house fire.

MADISON TOWNSHIP — David and Cherity Springer and their two dogs were unharmed after a fire in their home on Y&O Road early Friday morning.

According to West Point Fire Chief Wayne Chamberlain, his department was called to a structure fire at 45006 Y&O Road at 2:16 a.m. and arrived to find heavy black smoke coming from the house.

Chamberlain said David Springer told him they are remodeling his grandfather’s house and are currently living in the basement. Springer said he woke up and heard something upstairs. Going to check on it, he encountered a fire in a cardboard box in the living room. Springer went downstairs for water to extinguish the fire. By the time he got back upstairs, the living room was filled with thick black smoke and he couldn’t get into the room.

Springer then called 911 and got his wife and pets safely out of the house.

West Point responded with an engine, a tanker, an ambulance and five men and were assisted by Chief Bill Bennett and Glenmoor firefighters, who also responded with an engine, a tanker and five men.

The departments were able to knock the fire down fast, despite the hassles presented by the snow and cold. Firefighters also has to carry hoses and equipment across a bridge which made up a section of the long driveway, because they were afraid it would not bear the weight of their fire trucks

Chamberlain said there is fire damage to the living room and smoke and water damage throughout the entire house. He is classifying the fire as undetermined and said the couple is insured.

Firefighters were back at the station shortly before 6 a.m. Friday.