Cunningham Road woman loses home to fire
A Salem Township woman lost her home in a tragic fire Tuesday afternoon.
Ruthie Nennig was not at home when her two-story structure at 2561 Cunningham Road caught fire. She had left at about 7:30 a.m.
Leetonia firefighters got the initial call at about 3 p.m. Flames were already through the roof when they arrived.
Firefighters from Leetonia, Perry Township, Green Township and Winona responded to the scene. The house was located atop a long gravel drive and firefighters pumped water from tankers uphill to fight the flames.
Nennig’s two cats and a bird were inside the home and all perished. Three dogs and a couple goats outside were not hurt.
The 72-year-old Nennig said the home was built by the Amish in a day and a half in 2008. It was heated by a wood-burning stove. Nennig did not have insurance.
Township Constable Dan Valentine, who also was on the scene, said a representative of the state fire marshal’s office will inspect the site today.
Firefighters were on the scene until about 9:30 p.m. cleaning up and checking hot spots. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer