Crews battle more than flames in Columbiana fire

COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WYTV) – Firefighters tackled cold and ice and trying to save a house that caught fire in Columbiana Friday morning.

The fire broke out just after midnight at a home on Fairfield Avenue.

All three people who were in the house got out before firefighters arrived.

Chief Rick Garrity said the flames were coming out of the attic when they got there and were spreading to the next floor.

Crews were able to stamp out the fire quickly, but the freezing water created a hazard for firefighters.

“We have an ice skating rink right in the door there. We’ve already had one of two guys go down in there. Their feet go out from under them when they are trying to get inside,” Garrity said. “You got a lot of water on the road when fighting a fire, so we had the city crew come out and put salt down.”

No one was hurt in the fire.

Garrity thinks the cause of the fire was electrical but isn’t sure yet.