Porch fire ignites unsettling afternoon for the Zimmers family

Photos courtesy of Robin Zimmers The scene at the Zimmers’ home on Thursday, Feb. 27.
The scene at the Zimmers’ home on Thursday, Feb. 27, following a fire which broke out on the porch.

Fire crews reported to home of the Zimmers family on Thursday, Feb. 27, after a fire had been reported at approximately 12:30 p.m.

The owner of the home, Kevin Zimmers was out of town when he received a call his wife, who was upset. He could hear fire sirens in the background.

According to the family, the porch caught fire, destroying their antique doors and damaging the ceiling.

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“It ruined a lot, but not ‘a lot,’” said Zimmers, grateful that his family was okay and the majority of the residence was untouched.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, according to Zimmers. The fire marshal has been on the scene and is still investigating the incident.

Robin, Kevin’s wife, said that a person knocked on her door to make her aware of the fire. Someone else had already called for emergency services.

“Thank you for the kindness of strangers,” said Robin, stating that she wasn’t aware of what was happening until her neighbors reached out. “It was scary because it was windy,” she added.

Due to the fact that the fire was at their back entrance, the house has been losing heat. The family has made minor repairs until the insurance company can visit the scene.

No injuries were reported.

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