Vacant house fire in Akron forces mother and her 3 kids from neighboring home

AKRON, Ohio - A fire in a vacant Akron house caused significant damage to a neighboring home where a woman and her three kids were living.

According to the Akron fire department, the fire began just before midnight at the home on the corner of West Thornton and Norka streets.

The woman who lives next door told NewsChannel5 that she noticed a bright light while lying in bed. When she looked out of the window all she could see was fire. She was able to get her three children and leave her home after calling 911.

She rents that house, which had melted siding on the entire side facing the vacant house fire. According to the woman, the house that burned had been vacant for about six months.

Akron firefighters also had to work around some downed power lines that melted off the vacant home and were lying on the sidewalk directly in front of the burning home.

No injuries were reported, and the cause is unknown.

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