Fountain Square Fire

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Several families have been displaced after a fire Tuesday morning.

One duplex and a single family residence in the 800 block of Fountain Square were damaged.

Zanesville Fire Department, along with Washington Township Fire, ZPD, and Genesis Community Ambulance responded to the call, which came in around 11:21 Tuesday morning.

Zanesville Fire Chief Jeff Bell says the fire began in the duplex at 811 Fountain Square and spread through the duplex to the residence at 813 Fountain Square, as well as to the single family residence at 807 Fountain Square.

“First units arrived, we had smoke and flames coming from the residence on the east end, but those smoke and flames had started to affect the adjoining structure on the west, so we actually had two buildings, three residences affected by today’s fire. Crews were able to make entry and get them put out fairly quick,” Bell said.

All residents were able to safely evacuate their homes with no injuries reported.

Chief Bell noted That this could’ve had a very different outcome though, due to the absence of working smoke detectors.

“One thing our guys noticed is, we had 15 people living in three residences and we didn’t have a single smoke detector in there. We were lucky at this point that everybody got out of the house, because it’s daytime hours and kids were in school. But this is a good opportunity to note that if this is a nighttime fire, it could’ve been a very different turnout. Luckily it was daytime, we were notified in a timely manner and kept most of the damage to exterior,” he told us.

Crews are still working to determine the cause of the fire and the extent of damages and losses.

The American Red Cross is also assisting families at this time.

Maggie Warren
Maggie was born and raised in Speedway, Indiana where she developed her love and passion for weather, IndyCar and F1, hockey, and baseball, especially the Detroit Red Wings and the Cincinnati Reds. When she's not at work, she enjoys binge-watching her favorite tv shows, writing, hiking, and doing pretty much any outdoor activity! Maggie graduated from Ball State University, where she majored in meteorology/climatology, in Fall 2020. While at Ball State, she was a member of the Storm Chase Team and Cardinal Weather Service. She is also a member of the American Meteorological Society. She loves exploring new places, so if you have any recommendations of places she should visit, let her know! And if you see her around town, don't be shy, say hi!