Chief: Fires not connected

Tiffin Fire Rescue Division’s chief says crews can go a month without fighting a fire and then may get a couple back to back.

The division has had some big fires recently, Chief Bill Ennis said.

Tiffin Fire Rescue Division personnel fought two fires Saturday. The first was around 3:30 p.m. at 264 Second Ave., and the second was at 9:15 p.m. at 238 Clay St.

Exactly two weeks earlier, crews responded to a duplex on fire at 385 Circular St. There, a man was rescued from the upstairs duplex and was treated at Mercy Tiffin Hospital. Then, a rabbit died and the house at 10 E. Pointe Court sustained heavy fire damage early Monday morning.

The four fires personnel have fought in the past two weeks are not connected, Ennis said.

Ennis said the Circular Street duplex fire started on a stove. The East Pointe Court fire started in the garage, but officials cannot pinpoint an exact cause. He said he believed both were accidental.

The cause of the Second Avenue fire remained under investigation Saturday night. A neighbor reported the fire, according to Tiffin Police Department.

Ennis said he believed the cause of the Clay Street fire was accidental due to a cigarette.

He said crews saved a life at the Circular Street fire and saved a lot of property at the Second Avenue fire. Even as bad as the Second Avenue fire was, crews were able to save some personal items, such as school drawings, records and photographs, that mean a lot to the family, he said.

A lot of the items firefighters saved were in a metal file cabinet that was not in a room immediately adjacent to the fire, he said.

“We can rebuild a house. … I can’t replace your memories,” he said.