Thick, gray smoke swirls above the Connie Campbell residence on Beaver Pike as firefighters from the Liberty Township, Jackson and Scioto Township fire departments fight to extinguish it. (Photo Courtesy of Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department)
Thick, gray smoke swirls above the Connie Campbell residence on Beaver Pike as firefighters from the Liberty Township, Jackson and Scioto Township fire departments fight to extinguish it. (Photo Courtesy of Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department)

The members of a Liberty Township family lost their home and most of their possessions when a fire swept through their residence Saturday afternoon, June 20.

The Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department was called at 3:28 p.m. to the residence of Connie Campbell at 10771 Beaver Pike, Jackson, which is located approximately six miles west of Jackson and just west of the Whaleytown Road intersection. Firefighters arrived to find the doublewide modular home fully engulfed in flames. The Jackson and Scioto Township Volunteer fire departments were immediately called for mutual aid, but the structure and contents were considered to be total losses. The Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Department provided backup coverage at the Jackson Fire Station.

There was only one family member home when the fire occurred -- a teenage girl -- but she was able to get out of the structure unharmed. She told firefighters that she was asleep at the time, but was awakened by the sound of smoke detectors and was able to exit by climbing out a window.

Liberty Township Assistant Fire Chief Larry Foster said some firefighters were actually working several miles away at the Liberty Township fire station when they were notified of the fire. “Our response time was really good,” Foster told The Telegram, “but the fire got too far too fast.”

The cause of the fire was not immediately determined, but it was not considered to be suspicious. Firefighters were able to knock down the fire with the walls and super structure still standing, but the whole interior sustained heavy damages from fire, smoke or water and was largely gutted.

Firefighters were on the scene for more than four hours and Foster said it was a challenging task. Fire departments had to get trucks and equipment up a steep, narrow driveway and firefighters had to endure 90-degree temperatures with the sun beating down on them. However, Foster said he knew of no injuries to firefighters.

Foster said it was his understanding that the family’s losses were not insured. The American Red Cross was called in to provide immediate assistance to the family members.

In addition to the three fire departments, Jackson County EMS, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and AEP Ohio were all on the scene.