STRUTHERS, Ohio (WYTV) – A Struthers man is trying to salvage what’s left of his home after an early morning fire.
It was smoke alarms that woke Albert Pavlicko up at about 2:30 a.m. Friday.
“I wake up; I hear a noise; I heard the smoke detectors and then see the flame in the garage and try to run out of the house. That was it. I just watched it go. That’s all,” Pavlicko said.
Pavlicko and his son made it out of the house, and that is what he is thankful for. But now he is left trying to make sense of what happened.
“It happened. It happened. Nothing I could do about it,” Pavlicko said. “I can’t believe that what I built is now gone within a couple hours time.”
When fire crews got to the North Bridge Street, flames were shooting through the roof. In a matter of minutes, Pavlicko watched the house he built with his own hands go up in flames.
Pavlicko built the house in the 60s and has lived in Struthers ever since.
Struthers Fire Chief Gary Mudryk said the garage was fully engulfed when crews arrived and flames were shooting through the roof.
“The fire started coming through the eaves of the rest of the house,” Mudryk said.
Pavlicko said he has no idea how the fire started. Fire crews are still investigating.
“We know that it is accidental. There is heavy damage so it is hard to determine right now,” Mudryk said.
Pavlicko’s friends and family are helping him save what wasn’t ruined in the fire. And while there was extensive smoke and water damage, Pavlicko said he plans to rebuild.
Mudryk said smoke detectors helped save the family’s lives. He stressed the importance of having working smoke detectors in every home.