LORAIN — A mother and daughter escaped unharmed with their four dogs after a fire tore through their Lexington Avenue home Friday afternoon, according to a spokesman for the Lorain Fire Department.
Several cats and rabbits perished, but a turtle survived the blaze, said Assistant Fire Chief Roy Cochran.
The resident of the home, Angie Moore, who works nights, was sleeping on the first floor when the fire was reported at 3:42 p.m., Cochran said.
“Someone knocked on their door and said the house was on fire,” he said.
Moore and one of her teenage daughters got out of the house and a second teen was at swim practice, Cochran said.
The fire did about $35,000 to $40,000 damage to the house.
Cochran said fire investigators were trying to determine the cause.
According to Cochran, Moore had told them she had problems with the electricity and the property owner had not made repairs. Lorain County property records indicate the home is owned by Arthur Obloy of Parma.
Obloy told The Chronicle-Telegram that he did not have insurance for the home and did not know if he would rebuild.
Oblov said he did some renovations after purchasing the house and was renting it to Moore at a reasonable price because she is related to his brother’s wife.
The Red Cross was providing housing for the family Friday night.
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