2 from fire scene treated at hospital

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Fostoria Fire Division crew members work at the scene of a duplex fire at 523 E. North St. Monday.

FOSTORIA — An occupant of a burning home and a firefighter who fell from a ladder were treated at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Monday.

Capt. Jason Root of Fostoria Fire Division said the fire at the two-story duplex at 523 E. North St. was reported about 2:50 p.m.

Chief Brian Herbert, the first to arrive, reported heavy smoke, and when the first truck arrived, there was fire on the east side of the building, fire on the first floor coming out of two windows and smoke throughout the entire building, Root said.

Root estimated the fire on the first floor was under control in 15 minutes. It spread to the second floor and into the attic. He estimated it took an hour to extinguish the fire.

The cause and where it started were under investigation Monday.

Root said all four occupants were home and were out of the building before firefighters arrived.

One of the occupants suffered non-life-threatening smoke inhalation and anxiety and was taken by a Fostoria Fire Division ambulance to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital, he said.

Root said a firefighter fell about 5 or 6 feet off of a ladder. The firefighter had non-life-threatening injuries and went by a personal vehicle to the hospital, he said.

Root said he did not think the duplex is repairable. There was heavy damage from smoke, fire and water throughout it, he said.

“It’s got a lot of damage,” he said.

All occupants were displaced, and American Red Cross responded, Root said.

Personnel from Fostoria Police Department, American Electric Power, Columbia Gas and the water department assisted.

All off-duty Fostoria Fire Division personnel were called to assist, and Tiffin Fire Rescue Division stood by at Fostoria’s station.

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