Cause of Clyde house fire undetermined

CLYDE — The origin and cause of a house fire at 1877 South Main Street Thursday afternoon still was undetermined Friday.

Chief Craig Davis of Clyde Fire Department said the backside of the home was pretty well involved with flames when crews arrived at the scene. Personnel fought the fire completely from the exterior, he said.

“We tried to do an interior attack, but it was a two-story home and the roof gave out, so we backed everybody out,” Davis said.

A homeowner and one of the children were in the home at the time of the fire, but they were able to get out of the home, he said. Davis said nobody was injured in the fire and, as far as he knew, all pets were able to get out of the home as well.

A 30 mph wind, with gusts reaching 42 mph, was a big factor in the fire, he said.

“The homeowner had the house opened up, airing it out,” Davis said. “The wind pushed the fire through the house pretty quick.”

The wind definitely made the fire harder to fight, he said.

“Part of the wooded area by the ravine caught fire as well,” Davis said. “The wind was blowing the fire through the house and into the woods.”

It took crews an hour to get the bulk of the fire controlled, he said. The primary crew was on scene until 9 p.m. and the department had another crew at the scene until 2 a.m. to put out hot spots and make sure the fire was put out in the house and surrounding area, Davis said.

At least 35 firefighters from multiple departments responded to the scene, he said.

South Main Street in Clyde was closed from TR 183 to CR 175 while crews worked at the scene. Davis said the road was closed because crews had to get tanker trucks back a long lane to the scene.

“There really was no good way to stage them so we had the road closed down so we could get trucks in and out,” he said.

Davis said the house was totaled and the loss estimate was about $190,000.

The property is owned by Ralph and Linda Shetzer, according to the Sandusky County Auditor’s Office website.

Davis said the family was displaced by the fire and he did not know where they were staying, but the American Red Cross had been contacted.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted and investigated at the scene Friday morning, he said.

The fire was reported at 4:01 p.m. as a building fire with large, black smoke showing, according to a Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Clyde Fire Department, Green Springs Rural Volunteer Fire Department, Bellevue Fire Department, Sandusky County EMS, Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office, State Highway Patrol and the American Red Cross responded to the scene.