Fostoria fire displaces 6

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Fostoria Fire Division personnel work at the scene of a fire at 344 E. Fremont St. Wednesday night.

FOSTORIA — A fire in an apartment building displaced six people and sent one of the residents and a firefighter to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Wednesday night.

The fire at 344 E. Fremont St., a building that has three apartments in it, was reported about 8:45 p.m.

Chief Brian Herbert of Fostoria Fire Division said a man who lives in the apartment where the fire started had smoke inhalation and was taken by a Fostoria Fire Division ambulance to the hospital.

Also, a firefighter suffered a knee injury while pulling a hose off the back of a truck and took himself to the hospital, Herbert said.

He said he did not believe their conditions were life-threatening.

Herbert said one person lived in a downstairs apartment, one person lived in a rear apartment and two adults and two children lived upstairs. All were displaced, and American Red Cross was contacted, he said.

All three apartments were occupied when the fire was reported.

Herbert said a smoke detector alerted the man living in a downstairs apartment about the fire, and he got out. The brother of the woman living in the other bottom-floor apartment saw the fire and got the woman out. The upstairs occupants smelled the smoke, Herbert said.

He said the front bottom-floor apartment had heavy fire damage, and firefighters believed the fire started in the living room. The cause was undetermined Wednesday night.

The other two apartments had smoke damage, he said.

Herbert estimated it took 10 minutes to knock down the fire and 30 minutes overall to extinguish it.

“Fire was knocked down pretty much when I got here,” he said.

The building is owned by Jeffrey Kelbley of Fostoria, according to the Seneca County Auditor’s Office’s website.

Fostoria Police Department and Seneca County Emergency Response Team assisted at the scene.