NEW FRANKLIN -- Five people were able to safely escape a Christmas Eve house fire in Summit County Tuesday thanks to an alert neighbor.
According to the New Franklin Fire Department, they were called to 1415 Linger Drive at 5:24 p.m.
The first fire units arrived within six minutes and found heavy fire involving an exterior wall and the attic of the home.
The fire was under control by 5:46 p.m., according to firefighters.
The people in the home were unaware of the fire until they were alerted by a neighbor. They all made it out OK and are now staying with relatives.
The home received heavy fire damage to the room of origin and smoke and water damage throughout. Damage to the home and its contents is estimated at $100,000.
Fire investigators on the scene determined the fire was caused by heat from the fireplace igniting the structure of the home.
The New Franklin Fire Department reminds everyone to have their chimneys cleaned and inspected annually to ensure they are functioning properly.
Firefighters from Clinton, Coventry Township, Canal Fulton, Lawrence Township and Jackson Township assisted the New Franklin crews.
New Franklin firefighters also put out a garage fire Christmas morning. They were called to a home in the 6100 block of Renninger Road at 10:07 a.m. Wednesday.
Firefighters arrived within three minutes and found the fire involving an attached garage and attic space about it. All occupants evacuated the home, and there were no injuries.
The fire was contained to the garage, but the home had light smoke damage throughout.
The fire, which caused $10,000 in damage, was caused by hot materials discarded in a trash can next to the home, according to New Franklin firefighters, who were assisted by firefighters from Clinton.