Venice Twp. house burns

BLOOMVILLE – An early morning fire Sunday destroyed a two-story Venice Township house.

Chief Brett Meyers of Attica-Venice-Reed Fire District said the fire at 13235 E. CR 58 was reported at 2:50 a.m. by a passer-by. He identified the owner as Tim Porter and said Porter and his girlfriend lived in the home. They were out of town when the fire started and were on their way back Sunday morning, he said.

Meyers said the fire started in the front of the house, but he did not know the cause Sunday morning. It was under investigation Sunday evening.

The scene was about 5 miles south of Attica. Meyers said the glow in the sky could be seen shortly after the crew got outside of the village.

The chief said when firefighters arrived at the scene, the entire front of the house was on fire, and flames were coming out the second-story windows. He estimated it took until 5 a.m. to get the fire under control. Part of the house caved into the basement.

No injuries were reported. Chickens and a dog housed near the home survived, and Meyers said he was unaware of any pets that lived inside.

Personnel from Attica-Venice-Reed Fire District, Bloomville, Chatfield and New Washington fire departments, Attica and Bloomville EMS, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and Seneca County Sheriff’s Office responded to the fire. The house is located on CR 58, the border between Crawford and Seneca counties.

A Seneca County Sheriff’s Office report indicates an Attica-Venice-Reed Fire District official requested a deputy to the scene due to an unruly bystander. It stemmed from a fire truck hitting the side mirror of a vehicle, and a Crawford County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was at the scene handled it.