Mother, Son Escape House Fire In Mount Washington

(MOUNT WASHINGTON, OH) -- A house fire in Mount Washington leaves a family homeless.

It happened about 2:30 this morning on White Hall Ave.

A woman and her teenage son were both standing outside when fire trucks arrived. Investigators say the son woke up when the fire started, then went and got his mother. Both are considered lucky to have gotten out in time.

There was heavy flames in the back of the house. It engulfed both the first and second floors, and the fire department had to cut holes in the roof to fight the blaze.

Firefighters say there were no reports of smoke detectors and they didn't hear any going off.

"If they were up there we don't know about them. They said there were some but apparently they weren't working," said District Four Fire Chief Keith Burkert.

Right now there's not a cause of the blaze.  Fire investigators will be here later to figure that out.

The damage estimate is about $25,000 to $30,000.