EAST LIVERPOOL - An early morning fire Thursday that destroyed a Waterloo Street home sent one teenage resident to the hospital with what fire officials deemed as minor injuries.
Owner Carol Geer and her twin 16-year-old daughters were home at 1050 Waterloo St. when one of the girls noticed a fire in the kitchen sometime after 2 a.m.
She woke up her mother and sister and all three managed to escape, but assistant Chief Tim Walker said one of the girls suffered slight smoke inhalation and very minor burns to her face, although how that occurred was not immediately reported.
She was transported to East Liverpool City Hospital by Lifeteam ambulance. The girls were not named in reports.
The alarm was received at the fire station at 2:19 a.m., and the four firefighters on duty arrived at 2:20 a.m. to find the two-story structure fully involved.
A third alarm sounded at 2:22 a.m. brought out an additional six firefighters to battle the blaze, which Walker said was brought under control by 5:38 a.m.
Firefighters remained on the scene until 6:48 a.m., but Walker said the house was a total loss. In addition, a vacant structure next door had the roof and vinyl siding damaged by the intense heat.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by assistant Chief Jeff Kreefer, who was the officer in charge.
The Red Cross was called to assist the family, and Walker was uncertain from reports whether or not the home was insured.