Mother, 5 children displaced after Evanston house fire

Mother, 5 children displaced after Evanston house fire

EVANSTON, Ohio (FOX19) -A mother and her five children were displaced after a house fire occurred in an Evanston home early Sunday.

Fire Chief Louis Arnold says the fire happened in the 1600 block of Jonathan Avenue at 12:43 a.m.

“It’s scary. It’s scary,” said the mother, Tawanna Terrell.

When fire crews arrived, people on the scene told firefighters there were still people, including children, inside.

Fire Chief Arnold says fire crews initiated an aggressive interior fire attack while searching all areas of the home for the victims.

Terrell says she and her children decided to go to a birthday party last minute.

She said before they left, her children complained about a smell in the house.

“The circuit breaker went off down in the basement and I told them to go down there and hit the fuse box or whatever," said Terrell. "They went down and hit the fuse box and the light kept going out on the second floor.”

About an hour later was when the fire was reported.

Fire crews saw the flames coming from the second-floor window and fire coming through the roof of the three-story home.

“When I came back all of this was dark. I didn’t even see that the windows was busted out or nothing,” said Terrell.

Chief Arnold says the fire was difficult to get to because it was in the knee-walls of the attic, but it was put out in 10 minutes.

Smoke detectors were not detected.

Fire Chief Arnold says the overall damage is estimated at $50,000.

“My mind is everywhere right now. I just want to stay in my mama’s house," said Terrell. "This is all I got. Everyone left and I’m the only one still here trying to hold it down.”

Tawanna Terrell has set up a GoFundMe account for people who are interested in helping them out.

The fire remains under investigation.

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