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Two houses destroyed, two damaged at Franklin Twp. house fire

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Posted at 4:36 AM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 18:53:37-05

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A huge fire destroyed two houses and damaged two more in the 6900 block of Torrington Drive in Franklin Township, according to Franklin Twp. Fire Chief Michael Hannigan.

Hannigan said that they were first called to the scene at 11:07 p.m., and crews arrived to find heavy fire in the back of a house, which soon spread to the house next to it.

According to the Journal-News, fire crews called for aid from surrounding fire departments, but the main challenge was the water supply.

The fire chief said that this area doesn’t have fire hydrants, so it can take some time to establish a significant supply. Fire trucks first arrive with around 1,000 gallons of water, he said, but once that is expended you have to wait for more to arrive.

Hannigan said that by the end they had around 12-13 thousand gallons of water available in tankers from several fire departments, but this system takes about a half-hour to set up.

“It’s just how it is,” the fire chief said. “It doesn’t mean I like it, but it’s how it is.”

There were no injuries in the fire, which brought in fire crews from Warren, Butler and even Montgomery counties.

The state fire marshal and Warren County fire investigators have been requested to the scene. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

Rechell Hisle said she was a resident of one of the burned houses.

She said she was holding her grandson and fell asleep in the living room, then woke up. She said she walked toward the back of the house and saw the fire. She grabbed her grandson, woke up her fiance, got out of the house and called 911.

From there, she said, there was nothing to do but wait and watch as the fire spread and burned the house.

Hisle said the fire department arrived 10-15 minutes after she called.

UPDATE @ 1:05 a.m.:

Our crew is on the scene of the house fire in the 6900 block of Torrington Drive in Franklin Twp.

Photos and video show heavy damage in what appears to be at least two houses.

No flames were visible, but there is still a column of smoke rising from the structures.

INITIAL REPORT

Fire crews are responding to a report of a house fire in the 6900 block of Torrington Drive in Franklin Twp.

Initial reports indicate flames are showing, and that the original fire may have spread to surrounding structures.

We are working to learn more about the fire, and will update this story with any new information.