(Lorain County) - Firefighters in Grafton Township were called to battle a blaze at a house just east of State Route 83 this morning.

The fire was reported just before 6am, firefighters report that there was one woman inside and she was able to escape safely, however, her pets inside are believed to have perished.

So far, there's no word on how the blaze started. Channel 3 News reporter Stephanie Coueignoux says the structure does not appear to be a total loss. A few windows were knocked out, and the roof sustained some damage.

The blaze forced police to close down Medina Elyria Road from Route 83 to Island Road.

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