Sycamore St. buildings burn

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Tiffin Fire Rescue Division crew members stand outside Paradise Nails and Hair Salon Tuesday.

Ten people were displaced from homes and businesses are closed temporarily due to a fire that affected three buildings on Sycamore Street Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters from Tiffin Fire Rescue Division, Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Department and Fostoria Fire Division were summoned immediately after the fire was reported about 3:45 p.m. at 6 Sycamore St., home to Paradise Nails and Hair Salon.

Surge Staffing at 2 Sycamore St., and three apartments above it, also were on fire, and a duplex at 10 and 12 Sycamore St. was filled with smoke.

Chief Kevin Veletean of Tiffin Fire Rescue Division said firefighters were able to stop the fire before it got to the duplex.

The fire displaced seven adults and three teenagers, he said.

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Firefighters spray water on the building housing Surge Staffing and three apartments Tuesday.

Veletean said all occupants but one had gotten out of the buildings before firefighters arrived.

A woman was in the living room of the duplex, and firefighters got her out when they arrived, he said.

The woman did not have a smoke detector and was unaware there was a fire, Veletean said.

No one was hurt in the fire, he said.

The cause was under investigation Tuesday night, but it was accidental, he said.

Veletean said most of the fire damage was to two second-floor apartments above Surge Staffing and in the rear of the salon.

There was smoke and water damage throughout the salon, smoke damage throughout the duplex and smoke damage and slight water damage in Surge Staffing and in the third-floor apartment, he said.

Veletean estimated firefighters had the fire under control in 30 minutes, and it was extinguished in an hour.

National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for the area due to wind and low humidity. Fire could spread quickly, according to the weather service.

Veletean said wind fueled the fire, which started on the west side of the building.

“The wind was out of the southwest,” he said.

Tiffin’s Public Works department, Tiffin Police Department, American Red Cross and American Electric Power assisted.

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