The story in Tuesday’s Chronicle-Telegram initially reported there were no injuries in this fire, but firefighters later found a woman’s body in the home.
LORAIN — A fire called in at 9:05 p.m. Monday destroyed a home at 1012 E. Erie Ave.
Flames and large clouds of gray and white smoke billowed from the attic and roof of the two-story, wood-framed home at the corner of East Erie and Idaho avenues. Firefighters sprayed the blaze from an 80-foot-high ladder bucket truck on East Erie while others hosed it down from street level on the Idaho Avenue side.
“It’s sad,” said neighbor Annette Smith of 216 Idaho Ave. as she watched the fire from across the street. “It’s a beautiful home.”
Chris Sciulli said he was driving east on East Erie when he saw flames from a second-floor window. Sciulli said he and a friend parked and knocked on the door of the home, but no one answered. Sciulli, who called 911, said flames appeared to be coming from a curtain in the home.
The 1,980-square-foot home was built in 1900, according to the Lorain County Auditor’s website. Homes built at that time were done with balloon-frame construction, which makes flames shoot up into the top of the home during fires, making them more difficult to extinguish, firefighters have found.
The homeowner is Mark Kwasny, according to the website. A man in the rear of a police cruiser who identified himself as the homeowner wouldn’t comment.
The flames were most persistent at the back of the home on the southwest side. Huge clouds of white smoke billowed from the roof and ashes flew east toward a home next door, but firefighters were able to keep the blaze contained.
At about 10:30 p.m., a ladder truck from Elyria arrived and hosed down the fire from an 80-foot-high ladder bucket on Idaho Avenue. At 11:35 p.m., some flames were still visible on the roof, but the fire appeared to be under control.
“It’s pretty well knocked down,” Fire Chief Tom Brown said. He said firefighters would be checking the inside of the home for hot spots when it was safe to enter the home.