By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Staff Writer
ARTHUR – On Monday, a fire completely destroyed a home located at 14175 Road 209, south of Arthur in Paulding County.
According to Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Gribble, Auglaize Fire Department received the call at 8:59 a.m. Jan. 27.
The fire, which started on the west side of the home in the garage, burned intensely and was fanned by the gusty winds from the west. The fire spread through the two-story home, which was a total loss.
The occupants of the home lost all of their belongings, but managed to escape along with their pets without major injury. A female reportedly was transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation.
Gribble said that with the extreme cold temperatures, the help of various fire departments and tankers was needed. When tanker trucks had to be refilled from a nearby pond, Gribble said the ice had to be broken to get to the water.
Firemen were on scene until approximately 4 p.m. and were recalled at 5 p.m. when the fire apparently rekindled.
Assisting the Auglaize Fire Department at the scene were fire departments from Oakwood, Cecil, Paulding, Ayersville and Continental.
The American Red Cross of Paulding County assisted two adults following the fire. The Red Cross provided the couple assistance for food and clothing. Morning Star Convenience Store of Melrose and Rhees’ Market of Oakwood donated sandwiches, snacks, and beverages to the Red Cross to serve to the emergency personnel fighting the fire.
The Red Cross will be available in the coming days and weeks to provide additional recovery assistance to the couple as needed.