FAIRMONT - A house on Albion Avenue was considered a total loss Sunday after an early morning house fire.
The unoccupied residence at 1326 Albion Avenue is a rental unit owned by Paul Philipp and Darla Nelson-Philipp, who live across the street from the property on Oak Beach Drive.
"A group of youth driving by saw it and called it in around 3:30 or 4 a.m.," Nelson-Philipp said Sunday afternoon. "They began pounding on the door, and our dog in the garage started barking, and that's what woke us up."
Paul Philipp and Darla Nelson-Philipp put a safety fence around the remains of a rental house they own that burned early Sunday morning. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Fairmont's assistant fire chief Brandon Scott said the cause of the blaze was likely electrical. His department had the fire under control within an hour of arriving at the scene.
The fire burned hot enough to melt the siding on the garage and a neighboring home.
"We were worried about the safety of the entire neighborhood; that was of the utmost importance to us," Nelson-Philipp said. "There was no wind at all when it happened. We were very fortunate in that aspect, and the Fairmont Fire Department was wonderful. We're thankful for those volunteers; they deserve a lot of credit."