NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – A Niles family is thankful to be alive after a fire tore through the back of their home early Tuesday.
“There’s two and a half rooms salvable. The rest of the house is gone,” said Tiffany Jones, who lives in the home.
Crews responded to the house fire on Williams Street around 4 a.m. Jones said she was at work when she got the call that her house was on fire.
“I panicked and rushed home. I seen everybody was out safely. There was a dog I did have to rush to the vet. As of now, he does have a 50/50 chance. We’re going to do our best to make sure he stays alive,” Jones said.
Eight people and two other dogs were inside the house at the time. Jones said two young boys are to thank for everyone getting out safely.
“My son and my babysitter’s son, Austin, woke up, they panicked and woke up everybody else in the house and got out,” Jones said.
Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, but the home is a complete loss. Meanwhile, the Red Cross is helping the family and their landlord has already found them a place to stay.
“My landlord already moved me to another property so we’ll be set on that, but as of furniture, we done lost everything,” Jones said.
Despite losing everything, Jones said she’s thankful everyone made it out safely.
“It’s better than having nothing at all. Materialistic things are [replaceable], their lives ain’t,” Jones said.