SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) - Two Springfield Township families are displaced after a fire tore through the attics of their joined villas at around 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Smoke could be seen for miles while residents watched on as firefighters battled to get flames under control.
The Springfield township fire department got the call that a unit in the Wingate Village had caught fire. Bertie Simcox was at home next door in the joining unit when she smelled smoke and heard a neighbor pounding on her door.
For the next couple hours, she watched on, not knowing how much would be lost.
"There was pounding on the front door and one of the neighbors was there, I came running down, with my dog and didn't grab a thing from upstairs, came down and she is screaming, 'Get out of the house! Get out of the House!' I go, 'What, what, what!' She says, 'The house is on fire!'" Bertie explained.
For two hours as crews from Springfield Township, Monclova and Sylvania Township tried to get the fire under control, Simcox had nothing else to do but sit and watch:
"When I think about everything, everything I own is in that house and like I said, I work from home, my work laptop is in there and I've years worth of work on that and information on that laptop- that, I just don't know. But until I know what I'm dealing with there's no point to getting too bent out of shape about it."
Due to the villa being a 2 family unit, there are firewalls, but flames spread to Simcox's attic next door at 724 Satin Leaf Drive.
"Upon our first crews arrival we had heavy smoke and flames up in the attic area, had a difficult time gaining access because some of the cathedral ceilings- just trying to get to the flames in the attic space," said Chief Barry Cousino of the Springfield Township Fire Department.
Unit 728 suffered major flame, smoke and water damage, while Bertie's home has smoke and water damage.
No one was injured in the fire, and to Simcox, that's more important:
"Everybody here has been fantastic so far, it's a very supportive neighborhood. You just never know until trouble hits."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Springfield Township Fire Chief says they will be sending investigators into the scene.