Martins Ferry family ‘loses everything’ in fire


Times Leader Staff Writer

MARTINS FERRY firefighters battled a spectacular fire today at a vacant house at 611 Broadway St.

Smoke was seen coming out of the attic of a house at 609 Broadway as firefighters battled to keep the blaze from spreading. The house at 609 Broadway was occupied but the residents were able to get out safely.

“We lost everything,” said Amanda Warner, who lived at 609 Broadway with her boyfriend Dave Arno, four children and her parents, Dorothy and Jim Husvar.” There was a lot of smoke and water damage to the house.”

“At this moment, I don’t know where we will stay,” Amanda said.

The call came into the Martins Ferry Police Station at 6:14 a.m. and firefighters were at the scene almost immediately., Ladders were used to climb to the roof at 609 as smoke came pouring out of the attic through the vents. Hoses were strung throughout the Broadway Street area.

The Salvation Army Canteen was at the fire scene with coffee, juices and pastries. One man at the canteen said, “this is National Volunteer Week and you can see volunteers in action here this morning. Thank God we have them.”

A man who lived down the street said he heard the arrival of fire trucks just as he was preparing to get ready to go to work.

“I got dressed and ran up the street and saws the flames coming out of the roof and attic at 611,” he said. “I knew the house was empty. I am happy that no one was injured in the house next door.”

Martins Ferry Police were also at the fire scene.

Fire Chief Jack Regis said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Crews were still at the scene at press