Four family members pulled out of burning home.

PIKE TWP. Neighbors pulled four family members from their burning home early Tuesday morning.


The East Sparta Fire Department got a call around 5 a.m. about a fire with people trapped inside a home in the 1700 block of Deerwood Circle SE. When crews arrived soon after, neighbors had broken the windows and pulled the family to safety, said Fire Chief Arnold Adams.


All four family members were taken to Aultman Hospital for smoke inhalation. Two children were then transported to Akron Children’s Hospital.


A family dog died at the scene.


Crews quickly extinguished the fire. The cause remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal, he said.


Several nearby departments assisted including the Canton Township Fire Department, Magnolia Village Fire Department, Mohawk Valley Joint Fire District and Erie Valley Fire and Rescue.



The community is pitching in to help the family.


Jenni Waidman, a paraprofessional educator with Canton Local schools, saw a Facebook post about the family’s plight.


She doesn’t know the family but wanted to help. She’s now organizing donations and has been in touch with the children’s grandmother to deliver items to the family.


“That's how Canton Township works,” she said. “We see a need in the community and we reach out.”


Pike Township sits between Canton Township and East Sparta in southern Stark County.


The family is in need of clothing in the following sizes: women’s small or medium; men’s XL shirts and 32-waist pants, clothing for a petite 11-year-old girl in size 7/8, clothing for an 8-year-old boy in size 7/8.


The family could also use gift cards, she said.


Waidman can be reached at 330-309-7793.


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