BRISTOL - Fire crews were called out Thursday morning to battle the second house fire in the township within two days.
Bristol Fire Chief Tom Dempsey said firefighters at first thought the resident, a 65-year-old man, may have been home. They later learned he was not.
"It was a great relief when we realized he wasn't inside," Dempsey said.
No injuries were reported.
Crews were called to the house at 1381 Hyde Oakfield Road N.W. around 4 a.m. Flames were shooting from the house, which was destroyed and continued to smolder throughout the day. Firefighters remained on the scene about four hours.
The Trumbull County Fire Investigative Unit was called in to investigate.
Fire officials did not release the resident's name.
On Wednesday, a fire at 1138 Housel Craft Road claimed the life of Shirley Conley, 76. That fire broke out around 7 a.m.
Her body was found inside the house near the back door. The home was fully engulfed when crews arrived.
Family members said Conley did not have heat in the house because the furnace was not working and that she had been using space heaters to keep warm. Dempsey said it appeared she was using two space heaters, but said he did not want to speculate about what caused that fire.
He said the cause of both fires remained under investigation on Thursday.