October 21, 2014

Elyria
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Passer-by rescues boy, dog from house fire

ELYRIA — Fire crews spent more than an hour Monday afternoon dousing the flames that consumed a home on West River Road.
The fire started in the rear of 305 West River Road N., according to neighbors who watched as fire crews cycled in and out of the house to gain control of the blaze.
William Worcester, 35, was driving back to his home in Lorain from LaGrange on West River Road, just before 3 p.m. when he noticed the house was on fire.
“As soon as I saw the flames, I pulled over into a driveway and ran over to the house to make sure no one was inside,” Worcester said. “I banged on the front door and then looked around the back where the fire was. When I came back to the front door, there was a boy who was around 12 or 13 years old standing in the front window.”
Worcester said he pushed the front door open and grabbed the kid and a dog from inside the house and took them both outside.
“It wasn’t anything spectacular. All I did was help get the front door open because there was something blocking it on the other side and then I helped the kid and his dog get out,” Worcester said. “The kid said there wasn’t anyone else in the house and the rest of the house didn’t really start burning for another 15 minutes or so.”
Neighbors said the boy lived at the house with the owner, Dave Long, who was at a neighbor’s house when the fire started. As he watched fire crews spray down his home, Long said he did not know how the fire started and that he did not want to answer any other questions.
Elyria fire officials said what caused the fire was not known. No one was injured, and the homeowner had insurance, fire officials said.
The fire caused severe damage to the home’s interior on both the first and second floors and fire crews were forced to break out windows to fight it.
Neighbors from nearby streets walked toward the house and watched as smoke plumed out of the upstairs windows.
“I was in my living room just down the street when I smelled the smoke,” said Nate Rolls, who also lives on West River Road. “When I looked outside, you could see the smoke going way up in the air and flames coming out of the windows.”
Contact Joe Medici at 329-7152 or jmedici@chroniclet.com.

062607fire1.jpg Bruce Bishop / Chronicle photos
An Elyria firefighter climbs down from the roof during efforts to stop a blaze in a West River Road house Monday.
Watch Elyria firefighters try to control the fire