Buddhist temple lost to weekend fire

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Firefighters work at the scene of a fire on US 224 in Hancock County early Saturday morning.

ALVADA — Crews responded to a fire at a Buddhist temple, 23434 US 224, in Hancock County Friday night.

Assistant Chief Bill Laveglia of Washington Township Fire Department said the temple, which is a pole barn, was involved with flames coming through the roof when crews arrived and it was unsafe to enter. Personnel used a defensive, exterior attack to fight the fire, he said. Laveglia said Vanlue Fire Department and Bascom Joint Fire District were dispatched to assist with fighting the fire.

He said about 15,000 gallons of water was used to fight the fire. Laveglia said it took about two hours for crews to get the fire under control and they remained at the scene until 3:12 a.m.

He said while he believed the fire started in the northwest corner of the building, the cause of the fire was under investigation Sunday.

The fire was called in by a passing motorist and nobody was in the structure at the time of the fire, Laveglia said. He said nobody was injured.

The property is owned by Bouakai and Silai Saivandy, according to the Hancock County Auditor’s Office website. Laveglia said while there was not a total loss estimate, the building was a total loss.

The fire was reported at 11:16 p.m. and Washington Township Fire Department, Vanlue Fire Department, Bascom Joint Fire District and Hanco EMS responded to the scene.