Flames rip through home in Austintown
An Austintown home is believed to be a total loss after a fire that started with people inside.
The fire chief said neighbors reported hearing "bangs" and "explosions" before they watched the fire rip through the home on the 100 block of Kleber Avenue off of Mahoning Avenue.
"People in the neighborhood said that they heard a couple explosions and then saw instant fire," said Chief Andy Frost.
He doesn't believe anyone was injured but is not sure how many people were in the home at the time of the fire.
Firefighters had to fight the blaze from the outside in because the floors were compromised, and it was too dangerous, so they had to fight it from the roof.
"We actually had to wait for it to come through the roof a little bit so that we could get the aerials, get that big water on it," said Chief Frost. "It took a little while, but it wasn't safe to put firefighters inside."
Smoke could be seen from miles away.
The chief said the cause is under investigation.