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News | Aug. 23, 2021

Ohio company commander responds to local house fire

Cleveland Recruiting Battalion

The actions of the New Castle Army Recruiting Company commander may have saved the home of a New Springfield, Ohio, family Aug. 15.

Capt. Erin Funkhouser was driving the backroads to the Pittsburgh Airport early that morning when she saw fire coming from the side of a house. She immediately stopped, pounded on the door to make sure the occupants were not still sleeping, and called the fire department. 

"When I realized that this house was on fire, I didn’t know if it started inside and had taken over,” Funkhouser said. “But I knew that I had to ensure that whoever lived there could get out in time.”

Because of Funkhouser’s action’s, the fire department was able to put the fire out quickly with no loss of life and no major damage to the home.  According to the fire department, the fire started at the electric meter box where the power line attaches to the house.

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