UPDATE - Fire destroys rural Norwalk house

Firefighters estimate there was $77,000 worth of property damage and $25,000 in contents damage.
Cary Ashby
Mar 8, 2014


The cause of a house fire Wednesday night remains under investigation.

Fifteen Norwalk firefighters responded to the blaze at 4001 Ohio 601 at 8:57 p.m. The Townsend Township Volunteer Fire Department provided mutual aid with a tanker and an engine.

"The fire was determined to have started in the area of the furnace and extended into the attic and adjacent rooms," Capt. Brett Beers said in his report.

"Nobody was home at the time of the fire. It was discovered by a friend who stopped by the house," Chief John Soisson told the Reflector.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw heavy smoke coming from the entire structure.

"We made an offensive attack. They guys were able to crawl around and find and extinguish the fire," Soisson said.

Firefighters had the blaze under control in about 15 minutes.

"(We) initiated an interior attack using a 1 1/2-inch land line. (We) made entry through the front enclosed porch area, encountered heavy smoke conditions once inside and located the fire in the rear of the structure," Beers said in his report.

Fire crews extinguished the blaze, ventilated the roof top and overhauled the building.

The house is considered a total loss. Firefighters estimate there was $77,000 worth of property damage and all the contents valued at about $25,000 were destroyed.

Soisson said the residents aren't able to live in the house. It's unknown where they are living.



Link to help victims of this fire:
Last night on 3/5/14 there was a terrible fire at 4001 State Rt 601. Three young men were renting the home at the time from their grandmother. Carl Hokes, Mitchell Hokes and Lucas Nash, 22, 21 and 22, respectively were all working second shift jobs when the home'a furnace caught fire. With all three residents working, no one was there to call 911 and the home burned for quite some time. luckily no one was in the home as it burned but a pet cat, Taz, did perish.

Being young men working to support themselves, renters insurance was overlooked as not-necessary and now the men have literally lost everything. Clothes, furniture, basic home items and electronics were totally lost as the fire gutted the home. Any donation will help these three young men begin to rebuild their lives.

More information about the fire can be found in the 3/7 issue of the Norwalk Reflector and photos are posted on NorwalkReflector.com.



Is there a contact name and phone number if you are interested in donating?


Just click on the link that Ehovemom posted, it is fairly simple to donate!


We have used the link but people are inquiring about donating items also.

Dr. Information

All 3 working and no renters insurance, which BTW is CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP. Hard life lesson but I bet before they move into their next place they visit an insurance agent.