Help pours in

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Fostoria Fire Division’s Brian Herbert carries an American flag to drape over one of the victims Thursday.

Help and offers of help poured in from Seneca County and beyond as crews responded to a Loudon Township fire that claimed five lives Thursday.

Chris Daniel, assistant chief of Bascom Joint Fire District, said the amount of support the crew received Thursday was overwhelming.

Other fire departments, from in and out of Seneca County, offered to cover the area, Chief Mark DeVault said.

One of the victims of the fire had two weeks to go to complete the 36-hour firefighter course and had been in Bascom Joint Fire District’s cadet program.

Fostoria Fire Division provided an American flag that was draped over the victim, and first-responders lined the sidewalk and saluted as his body was taken to the coroner’s office vehicle.

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and Bascom Joint Fire District escorted the coroner’s vehicle to Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory. Tiffin Police Department and Tiffin Fire Rescue Division also assisted with the escort.

At the scene, Bugner’s Sewer and Septic Cleaning provided a portable toilet, Midwood responded to put fuel in fire trucks and Posey Excavating provided a backhoe.

Seneca Crawford Area Transportation provided a bus to help people warm up.

Among entities that assisted with refreshments were Bascom Carry Out, which provided food and drinks at the scene; Sauber’s Stumble Inn, which offered food for firefighters; Fostoria Eagles, which donated coffee; and the fire district’s ladies auxiliary, which provided dinner.

Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services provided a debriefing for first-responders.