2 injured in 3rd Ave. house fire

Two people were injured in a house fire at 232 Third Ave. early Tuesday morning.

Chief Kevin Veletean of Tiffin Fire Rescue Division said two adults and seven children live in the home, but only the two adults were home at the time of the fire. He said they were sleeping, woke up and discovered the fire. They tried to leave but the smoke conditions were too much so they went back into the bedroom, shut the door and were able to escape by jumping out the first-floor bedroom window, Veletean said.

The two occupants, whose names were not released Tuesday, were transported by Tiffin Fire Rescue Division to Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, he said.

Veletean said when crews arrived, fire was coming out a front window, a side window and the front porch was on fire. Siding on a neighboring house also was starting to melt, he said. The majority of the fire was out in about 15 minutes and crews remained on scene for about two hours completing overhaul, Veletean said.

The property is owned by Ronald Callahan, according to the Seneca County Auditor’s Office website.

Veletean said the tenants were displaced and he believed they were staying with family members Tuesday. The American Red Cross was contacted, he said.

Veletean said the fire started in the front room in the southwest corner of the house and the cause was under investigation Tuesday evening.

There was no loss estimate Tuesday evening, he said.

American Electric Power was contacted to shut power off to the house, Veletean said.

The fire was reported at 2:24 a.m. and Tiffin Fire Rescue Division, Tiffin Police Department and American Electric Power responded to the scene.