CORTLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – The Red Cross is helping a family in Cortland Wednesday after a fire early Tuesday morning destroyed their home.
Three people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation suffered during the fire. The family’s dog died in the fire.
Cortland Fire Chief David Rea believes the fire started in the basement.
The fire in the 100 block of Winter Lane in Cortland broke out around 1 a.m. Tuesday.
Six people inside the home were able to escape the flames.
When crews arrived, heavy smoke was pouring from a second floor window. The house sustained heavy damage and is considered a total loss.
Six fire departments responded to the call. Cortland Fire Chief David Rea said the weather played a role in calling in the additional units.
“The humidity was quite a challenge tonight. I had to call a third alarm to get some fresh people in here to start our overhaul operations,” said Rea.
Fire investigators did not know the exact cause of the fire as of Wednesday morning.