Family of four escapes early morning house fire in Stark County


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The Canton Fire Department stayed busy over the weekend with four fires, two of which were fatal.

In addition to the two fatal fires the JMN reported on over the weekend, two more fires left people displaced, according to Canton Fire Division Chief Steve Henderson.

Crews were dispatched to 1718 Regent Ave NE for a structure fire at an apartment building around 3:30 a.m. Monday morning. When fire officials arrived at the scene, they found a kitchen in an apartment unit housing two adults and two children had caught fire. All occupants had self-evacuated.

Thankfully the whole family was sleeping in the first floor living room.

“Had they been sleeping in their upstairs bedrooms the results could have been much
worse,” a press release read.

Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire.

One other apartment had minor smoke exposure, the building was ventilated and the occupants of the other three apartments were able to return to their apartments. The apartment where the fire occurred was not able to be occupied, the Red Cross responded to assist the displaced family.

No injuries were sustained. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental.


Crews also responded to a fire Sunday afternoon in the 1300 block of Stark Ave SW for reports of an attic fire.

The fire was reported by a plumber who was working at the home when he was alerted by a second-floor smoke detector.

Crews discovered the fire had originated in a second-floor bedroom. The occupant of the home, who was not present at the time of the fire, will stay with family until repairs are complete.

One firefighter was treated at the scene for minor injuries, but returned to work.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental.