2 area house fires extinguished

Two house fires in Seneca County were reported Wednesday morning.

The first, reported at 4:52 a.m. at 7486 E. SR 18, started as an electrical fire in the kitchen of the one-story house, Republic Fire Chief Jason Porter said.

He said a smoke detector woke up the resident, who then reported the fire. No injuries were reported.

Porter said fire damage was contained to the kitchen and attic areas, and smoke and water damage was reported throughout the house.

Porter did not have an estimated damage amount Wednesday afternoon. He said the residence is unlivable because of the damage, but he believed it could be fixed. Porter said the resident is staying with family.

Republic firefighters were assisted by Republic EMS and Bloomville firefighters. Porter said firefighters were at the scene about 2 1/2 hours.

The second house fire was reported at 6950 S. SR 19 at 7:03 a.m. There, damage was contained to the front of the unoccupied two-story house, Bloomville Fire Chief Nate Blaser.

The house, which is owned by Bloomville volunteer firefighter Chris Schirack, had been under renovation. The fire was discovered when a homeowner went to the property to take care of animals, Blaser said.

Blaser said the cause of the fire, which is believed to have started in the front room, remains undetermined. The State Fire Marshal was called to assist in the investigation.

Blaser said firefighters were assisted by Attica-Venice-Reed fire, Bloomville fire and EMS, Republic fire and Lykens Township fire. The fire was under control in about 20 minutes, he said. No injuries were reported.

He said the damage is repairable.