Dogs rescued after house fire

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE CJ Burnette, a firefighter-paramedic for Fostoria Fire Division, kneels near three dogs rescued from a fire early Wednesday morning.

FOSTORIA — Three dogs were rescued from a house damaged by a fire early Wednesday morning.

At 2:22 a.m., a person reported there were flames at 132 Nichols St., according to a Fostoria Police Department report.

Chief Brian Herbert of Fostoria Fire Division said the fire at the single-story house was reported by a neighbor.

Firefighters rescued three dogs from the house.

Herbert said no one was living in the house, which was in the process of being renovated and sold.

Humane Society of Seneca County personnel responded to the scene but didn’t take the dogs because the owner came, Herbert said.

The first crew to arrive found fire on the outside of the house at the rear.

Three crew members were on duty, and four are needed to make entry to a building. Firefighters initially fought the fire from the outside until there were enough crew members, Herbert said.

The fire extended into the inside, he said.

Herbert estimated the fire was under control in 10 minutes.

“It was out when I got here,” he said.

Herbert said the damage mostly was to the outside rear corner of the house. The interior rear corner had fire damage. There was light smoke damage throughout, he said.

The cause was under investigation and State Fire Marshal’s Office was interviewing witnesses Wednesday.

No one was hurt, Herbert said.

Whittey Marshall Jr., 41, a neighbor at the scene, was arrested by Fostoria Police Department on a Seneca County child support warrant, according to the police department.

He was taken to Seneca County Jail.