FPS staff report
May 21, 2013
A mother and son were left homeless after a fire destroyed their home late Saturday night.
Carrollton Village Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Wells said the department was toned at 11:58 for a “fully involved structure fire” at 2367 Chase Rd. in Washington Twp.
“By the time we got there, the fire was through the roof,” he said, which was eight minutes after the first tone. Wells said the 28 by 40 foot modular home on a block basement was a “total loss.”
“The fire leveled it,” he said. “There was nothing left; I mean nothing. When I called the family, I had to tell them the only thing they had left were the clothes they had with them.”
The homeowner, Paula Byrd, and her son, Beau, who lived in the basement, left the house at 7:38 p.m. to attend a family reunion in Youngstown.
A total of 34 firefighters from Carrollton Village, Carroll County and Fox Twp. fire departments were on the scene for about two hours. They used about 20,000 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze, setting up a shuttle system to transport water from the village of Carrollton.
Wells said the cause of the fire is undetermined, but arson is not suspected. He said the home was covered by insurance.