Fire guts Eden Twp. home

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Flames shoot from the house at 50 W. CR 6 Monday.


A fire destroyed an Eden Township house and most of its contents Monday evening.

The fire at 50 W. CR 6 was reported about 7:30 p.m., and firefighters from Sycamore Volunteer Fire Department, Bloom Township Fire Department, McCutchenville Volunteer Fire Department, NBS Joint Fire District and Scipio-Republic Fire Department responded, a Seneca County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

Chief Rodney Clinger of Sycamore Volunteer Fire and Rescue said fire was through the roof when the first crew arrived, and there were flames on the lower level shortly after the crew arrived. He said he believed the fire mostly was on the second level.

Clinger estimated it took half an hour to get the fire under control and an hour to extinguish.

He said he did not know the cause Monday night.

State Fire Marshal’s Office is to contact him this morning to help firefighters determine the fire’s cause and origin.

The house is owned by Anthony and Heidi Ramirez, according to the Seneca County Auditor’s Office website.

Clinger said the homeowners were not home at the time of the fire, and no one was hurt. Several family pets died, he said.

There was fire, smoke and water damage throughout the house, he said.

Clinger said the house and the majority of its contents were destroyed. It appeared a lot of the belongings in the attached garage should be intact, he said.

American Red Cross responded.

A fire crew remained at the scene at 11:15 p.m.

Clinger said the crew nearly was finished with overhaul, and he was concerned about a rekindle with the possibility of high winds moving into the area Monday night.

He said Sycamore’s crew was thankful for the help of the four area fire departments that assisted. Because of the turnout of firefighters, the cold weather was not as big of an issue as it could have been, he said.

Sycamore Volunteer Rescue assisted at the scene.