HOWLAND - Thick billows of smoke rolled from the rear of 2542 Aspinwall Ave. as numerous firefighters swarmed the small home being ravaged by flames Wednesday morning.
"About 11:05 this morning, crews were called to the house on Aspinwall for heavy flames,'' Howland fire Chief James Pantalone said from the scene at about noon.
''They did an interior attack, a pretty aggressive interior attack. First crew in got to knock down some walls and waterlines. Right now, we're just knocking out some hot spots," the chief said.
Neighbors and officials said the home's occupants were able to make it out of the home safely. According to the Trumbull County Auditor's Office, the property is owned by William Kemp; his last name is also posted on the home's mailbox.
"Everybody was already evacuated prior to the crews' arrival," Pantalone said.
Pantalone said a mother and child ran out prior to the arrival of the first engine. He said while no person was injured, a dog perished due to smoke inhalation.
Tribune Chronicle photos / Margaret Thompson
Howland firefighters Wednesday morning battle a blaze at a burning home at 2542 Aspinwall Ave. A woman and child were able to get out of the home safely. A dog died from smoke inhalation.
It took about 20 minutes for the crews to get the bulk of the fire out, he said. Crews responded from Cortland, Champion, Howland, Bazetta and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna. A total of 40 firefighters were on scene.
They continued to work as the weather took a turn for the worse, escalating from raining to hailing. Crews pulled down burnt siding to spray off the home's exterior walls and cut holes into the roof to ventilate out heat.
As of yet, Pantalone said there is not a damage estimate, though he said the home is "most likely" a total loss.
"Most likely, but I have not been on the interior," he said.
Crews remained on scene for several hours for overhaul, cleanup and investigation. The State Fire Marshal's Office was notified and is assisting with the investigation. An investigation into the fire's cause is pending. It remains undetermined.