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UPDATE | Family speaks out about vehicle-house fire in West Portsmouth

Very little remains after a vehicle fire burned a West Portsmouth home to the ground.
Very little remains after a vehicle fire burned a West Portsmouth home to the ground.(WSAZ)
Published: Nov. 21, 2019 at 9:38 PM EST
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UPDATE 11/24/19 @ 7 p.m.

The Montavon family says seeing their home go up in flames wasn't only tragic, but also déjà vu.

"We had an electrical fire in 2012 and it gutted the inside," said homeowner, Regina Montavon. "We were able to rebuild back in the same spot."

Firefighters say a pickup truck with two men inside caught fire on Dry Run Road in Scioto County Thursday. The two men knocked on a neighboring home to call 911 but no one was there. That's when they ran to Regina's door and asked her to call the fire department.

"While waiting it was probably ten to fifteen minutes and the truck started exploding," Regina tells WSAZ. "The horn started blowing, the lights started flashing and it just took off as fast as it could down our hill, ramped our hill and just went full force right up our steps into our house."

The truck crashed into the home, setting the entire house on fire.

"It immediately just exploded and the front of our house was engulfed."

Regina says her parents were visiting her to discuss their Thanksgiving dinner plans. Luckily, everyone was able to get out of the home including all of their pets.

The Montavon's also say the outreach from the community has been overwhelming.

"All of Scioto County has come up huge," said Chris Montavon, Regin'a husband. "Everyone has come together and the support has just blown us away, just shows you how big our God is."

Union, Rush, Rarden, Washington, Valley and Nile volunteer fire departments all fought the blaze.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal is investigating both the cause of the vehicle fire and the house fire.


UPDATE 11/22/19 @ 6 p.m.

Neighbors are coming to grips with a sight they will never forget.

“It was actually kind of a shock,” neighbor Chuck Graf said. “Actually seeing that, the flames. We knew everyone got out.”

One house burned to the ground Thursday evening after a pickup truck caught fire on Dry Run Road in West Portsmouth.

The drivers of the truck were making attempts to call 911 when the truck fell out of park and started speeding down the hill, right into a front porch of the home.

Everyone managed to get out and there were no injuries.

“Always keep your eyes open because you never know what's going to happen,” Graf said.

Now friends are doing everything they can to help a family suffering from a fiery déjà vu, losing almost everything they own to fierce flames for a second time in less than 10 years.

“My niece who stays with me she went through her closet and found a lot of stuff that was extra for her and she gave it to her last night,” Graf said. “Hopefully that will get her by before she can get some stuff.”

Neighbors are also trying to help the family recover financially so they can rebuild.

“There's a lot of good people around this neighborhood, and a lot of people I heard come up and give them some money to help them out until they get some insurance money,” Graf said. “There's a lot of good people around here. It's a good neighborhood to live in.”

The Ohio State Fire Marshal is investigating both the cause of the vehicle fire and the house fire.


UPDATE 11/21/19 @ 11:25 p.m.

We have more details about a fire that destroyed a home Thursday night in West Portsmouth.

Firefighters say it actually started from a pickup truck fire. Two men in that pickup truck were coming over Dry Run Road when they noticed smoke. They opened the glove compartment, and flames engulfed the cab of the truck.

Both men got out and ran to a neighbor's house where no one was home. They then ran to another home. While waiting for the fire department, the truck accelerated "like a rocket" and crashed into that home.

A woman and her parents were inside and able to get out of the garage as the house went up in flames. No injuries were reported.

The fire was reported just before 7 p.m. along Carey's Run Pond Creek Road, just off U.S. 52.

The family who lived in the home told us it's the second time it has caught fire, explaining that an electrical fire happened in 2012.

Union, Rush, Rarden, Washington, Valley and Nile volunteer fire departments all fought the blaze.


ORIGINAL STORY 11/21/19

Crews fought a house fire Thursday night in the West Portsmouth area, first responders tell us.

The fire was reported to our newsroom around 9 p.m. It happened along Carey's Run Pond Creek Road. That's just off U.S. 52 in the area of Portsmouth West High School.

Other details are immediately unavailable, but we have a crew at the scene.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.