ELYRIA TOWNSHIP -- Officials say no one was home when a fire tore through an Elyria Township home Friday afternoon.

The Chronicle-Telegram reports the fire started around 12:30 p.m. and appeared to originate in the Lake Avenue home's basement, according to Sheffield Fire Chief Jeff Young.

Lake Avenue remains closed to traffic, according to the Chronicle.

It took 45 minutes for departments from Sheffield, Sheffield Lake, Elyria, Elyria Township, Avon and Avon Lake to bring the blaze under control. Crews are still working to extinguish hot spots.