Woman injured trying to save pets from fire

SANDUSKY Fire destroyed a home and killed several of the homeowner's pets Saturday night. The Sandusky Police Departme
Janet
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Fire destroyed a home and killed several of the homeowner's pets Saturday night.

The Sandusky Police Department received a call around 9:46 p.m. Saturday about a structure fire in the 1800 block of 4th St.

Cecilia Ellison, 33, arrived home to find her home engulfed in flames.

"She kept saying, 'My babies, my babies are in there,'" said Sandusky police Sgt. Rich Cottrill. "She scared us to death."

The babies she was referring to were her pets -- several cats and a dog. The animals perished in the fire, firefighters said. Two other dogs and a cat were seen roaming around the fenced-in yard behind the house.

Ellison had gone inside the burning house to try to save her pets.

"She's OK. She's got some minor burns on her feet," said Sandusky Police Officer Jonathon Huffman, who was at the scene.

Two ambulances and three firetrucks from Sandusky and Perkins Township arrived at the structure fire. The fire was out by 10:30 p.m., said Batallion Chief Mike Yost.

Ellison had stopped by the Sandusky Police Department earlier in the evening to file a complaint about a male acquaintance. Police officials are not sure whether the complaint and the fire are connected, Cottrill said.

The male acquaintance had not been found as of Saturday evening and felony charges could possibly be pursued, Huffman said.

Police said no people were found inside the house.