Firefighters from two departments responded to a blaze at a two-story house in Seneca Township Thursday night.
Bob Palmer, McCutchenville's outgoing fire chief, said the house fire was at 4480 W. TR 54. He said he believed the family was grilling outside. They had a grill sitting against a wall on the porch, he said.
"That's what started it," he said.
Seneca Twp. fire eight people
Palmer said flames from the grill ignited a fire on the house's outside wall and it spread into the attics and eaves.
When firefighters arrived, they found smoke and charred wood. The chief estimated firefighters cut six to eight holes in the roof to vent the house.
Palmer said he did not have an estimate Thursday night but said damage was minor.
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Firefighters spend time at the scene of a house fire at 4480 W. TR 54 Thursday night.
Owners of the house are Keith, Shawn and Karen Runion, according to the Seneca County Auditor's Office website.
Palmer estimated eight people live in the house and said everyone, including a man in a wheelchair, made it out of the house safely.
"(There were) no injuries," he said.
American Red Cross and Seneca Community Chaplain Corps were requested at the scene. Palmer said he was told the family would have to stay elsewhere.
A Seneca County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said the fire was reported at 9:38 p.m., and personnel from New Riegel EMS and NBS and McCutchenville fire departments responded to the scene.