By Melody Vallieu
TIPP CITY — Two pets perished and a family is displaced following a Worley Road house fire on Sunday morning.
According to Tipp City Fire Chief Steve Kessler, the house at 5068 Worley Road, was a complete loss, and the family’s pets — a dog and a bird — perished in the fire.
The house was owned by Dona and Pablo Gonzalez, who were able to safely evacuate the house without injury, however the husband suffered some minor burns, according to firefighters. The Red Cross aided the two adults at the scene.
Firefighters on the scene Sunday said the wind added a challenge to battling the flames and smoke. The fire started in the back of the home and the winds kept pushing the flames towards the front, which is why officials believe it spread so quickly.
The homeowners told firefighters they don’t believe the fire started in the fireplace. They said they had a few power surges earlier in the morning due to the weather. Officials are looking into whether that played a role in the cause. The investigation into the cause of the fire continues, according to Kessler.
Damage is estimated at $140,000 to the bulding and $25,000 to the contents, Kessler said.
West Milton Fire Department provided mutual aid for the blaze.