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UPDATED: Bellaire Family Loses Everything Including Pets In House Fire

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The Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office has been called in to examine the remains of a family's home in Bellaire, destroyed by fire Wednesday night.

The family lost everything, even their pets.

Firefighters say the man and woman who live at 341 Anna Avenue had left not long before the fire was discovered.

They say the woman was called in to work the midnight shift at the Bellaire BP, and the man had driven her to work.

Neffs Fire Chief John Driscoll says flames were shooting out through the roof by 11:35 when the call came in.

He believes the cause was accidental.

"There's no motive for it," said Chief Driscoll. "The people didn't have any insurance. The house was fully involved when we got there. They actually left to go to work. And when we arrived, it was coming out every window. It had actually breached through the roof already."

The chief said the couple lost not only their home but their pets.

Firefighters say they were aware they had lost a St. Bernard and a Jack Russell Terrier.

Family members have told that they lost all their pets-- three dogs and four cats.

Chief Driscoll said the freezing temperatures complicated the job of fighting the fire.

He said one firefighter was injured.

"He twisted his ankle trying to get up to the house," said Driscoll. "It was a sheet of ice from the road all the way up to the house."

Family members say the Hicks Family Fire Fund has been set up at Belmont Savings Bank in Bellaire, and they will gratefully accept any donations.

Also donations of clothing can be dropped off at the Bellaire BP.

They need men's pants size 32-30,  size 32 in women's pants, and size 2-X in women's tops.





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