NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A man trying to get rid of bees at a North Ridgeville house started the house on fire last night, according to the Fire Department.
The fire, at 33951 Mills Road, was reported just after 6:30 p.m.
Firefighters arrived to find light smoke coming from the roof of the house, according to a news release.
The fire was contained to the roof of the front porch, but firefighters had to pull down ceilings in the home to make sure it had not spread.
According to the Fire Department, an acquaintance of the homeowner was using aerosol spray attempting to kill bees that had nested under the roof of the porch. When that was not effective, he used a lighter to ignite the spray, starting the fire.
Damage to the home is estimated at $8,000. The home is currently being renovated and did not have anyone living in it.
Firefighters from Westlake, Avon, Avon Lake, Olmsted Township and North Olmsted assisted the North Ridgeville Fire Department.