Blaze destroys home in Fostoria

FOSTORIA — Crews responded to a house fire at 842 N. Countyline St. Saturday night.

Chief Brian Herbert of Fostoria Fire Division said when crews arrived at the scene, they found heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of the building that had approached the outside and was traveling up a garage wall. He said the fire was fought from the exterior until enough personnel arrived and they were able to fight it from the inside. Tiffin Fire Rescue Division and Findlay Fire Department were called in for mutual aid and Bascom EMS sent an ambulance to help cover the city, Herbert said.

It took about 20 minutes to knock down the bulk of the fire and crews remained at the scene for about three hours completing overhaul and investigating, he said.

Herbert said the tenants were on vacation and not home at the time of the fire. Nobody was injured, he said.

Herbert said the family was displaced and he did not know where they were staying Sunday. The property is owned by Ronald Hanson, according to the Seneca County Auditor’s Office website.

While the origin of the fire was not determined Sunday, it was believed to have started between the garage and house, Herbert said. The cause of the fire was undetermined Sunday, he said.

Herbert said a total loss estimate was not available, but while there was smoke damage throughout the house, the fire was contained to the area where it started.

A Community Emergency Response Team was dispatched to the scene to help with traffic control, according to a Seneca County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

The fire was reported at 10:42 p.m. and Fostoria Fire Division, Tiffin Fire Rescue Division and Findlay Fire Department responded to the scene.