Fire leaves vacant apartment uninhabitable

A Tiffin apartment building was left uninhabitable after a fire Saturday evening.

The fire at 8 Adams St. was reported at 6:31 p.m., a Tiffin Police Department spokeswoman said. Chief William Ennis of Tiffin Fire Rescue Division said the building has eight apartments.

“They were all vacant,” he said.

Ennis said he did not know the cause of the fire and it was under investigation Saturday night.

The chief said firefighters could see smoke from the fire station, and flames were blowing out of second-floor windows when they arrived at the scene. It took 50 minutes to get the fire under control, he said.

Ennis said all three shifts of firefighters fought the blaze. He said only eight initially were duty because of vacancies on the department. Normally, 10 would be on duty, but the department is down 25 percent, he said.

The Adams Street property is owned by Monument LLC, according to the Seneca County Auditor’s Office website.

Ennis said the main part of the building has three floors, and the second and third floors suffered smoke damage. The single-story, second-floor apartment where the fire started was on a two-story addition and was gutted, he said.

A first-floor apartment had significant water damage from a water pipe that Ennis said he is sure broke in the single-digit temperatures. The broken pipe was not discovered until Saturday night, and there were a couple feet of water in the basement, he said.

Ennis said he did not know a loss estimate Saturday night but said the building is going to be reparable. The building was being prepared to undergo renovation, and the fire left it uninhabitable, he said.

Firefighters had to cut power and water to the building, he said.

Tiffin Police Department personnel provided traffic control and will assist in the investigation, Ennis said.

No one was injured, Ennis said.