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Crews battle intense fire in Bellaire

Updated: Saturday, August 16 2014, 07:29 PM EDT


According to the Belmont County 911, a call came in at 3:42 Saturday morning for a structure fire in Bellaire.

Multiple agencies responded to 4525 Harrison Street to battle the intense fire.

Ryan Gonglik's home is next to the house that caught fire. He was woken up around 3:30 a.m. Saturday by a neighbor banging on his door.

"I was freaked out, opened the door up and she said 'Hey the neighbor's house is on fire, get everybody out, get the dog out,'" Gonglik said.

Neighbors said the family managed to escape safely with one of their three dogs.

"Upon arrival, there were flames shooting out of the back, the side, the front, the roof and everywhere else. We started fighting the fire but it took us all morning pretty much until 9 o'clock to wrap things up. It was a bad one," Steve Singleton, firefighter with the Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department, said.

With the roof caved in and fire damage throughout the home, fire officials say the structure is a total loss.

"When I got my family out, I wanted to make sure they were safe, and I wanted to go back in and see what we could get out in case our house was going to catch fire, too," Gonglik said.

The Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department have been in operation since the end of July and in the past week and half, crews have already battled three fires in Bellaire

"It turns lives upside down quickly and, I mean, I think everyone in the village is on edge right now just because of the amount of fires," Gonglik said.

Crews were able to prevent the flames from damaging the homes next door.

Right now the cause of the fire is still unknown.

The state Fire Marshall's Office was called to further investigate.

Crews battle intense fire in Bellaire

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