Family of six escapes overnight fire in rural Harlan Township

Home all but destroyed

HARLAN TWP., Ohio - A family of six could only sit and watch as flames ripped through their rural Warren County home Thursday morning.

Tim Hopkins fought back tears.

“I grew up out here, so ... pretty bad,” he said.

Hopkins’ uncle awoke about 4 a.m. to notice the power was out.  When he got up to find out why, he found the fire and rushed to get his five family members, including a 14-month-old, out safely.

“I came out and my parents were outside in their vehicle watching the house burn down,” Tim Hopkins said.

The flames moved quickly, spreading across the attic and shooting through the roof. Some firefighters could see the flames as they drove toward the house. 

Without fire hydrants, crews trucked in water to save what they could. 

Fire Chief Andy Mitten stopped short of saying the house is a total loss.

“We had our tanker shuttle which brought in plenty of water. We had manpower and hoseline, so everything went well. It was just a lot of damage to the house,” Mitten said.

“It’s pretty well gutted, particularly on the upper level.”


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