Fostoria house destroyed by fire

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE A Tiffin Fire Rescue Division truck heads toward Fostoria to assist Fostoria Fire Division Sunday morning.

FOSTORIA — A house was destroyed by a fire Sunday morning.

The fire at 120 Olmstead St. was reported at 8:30 a.m.

Capt. Warren Digby of Fostoria Fire Division said when crews arrived at the scene, there was heavy smoke coming from a two-story house. There was fire in the crawl space and fire was found in multiple areas of the house, he said.

Digby said the owner was in the house at the time of the fire and was able to get out safely. Nobody was injured, he said.

Digby said the fire originated in the crawl space of the house. The owner was thawing out frozen pipes with a torch and something ignited the crawl space on fire, he said.

It took crews about an hour to put out most of the fire and they remained at the scene for about four hours, Digby said. He said crews used about 8,000 gallons of water to fight the fire.

He said after an hour, they went into defense mode because the structure had become unsafe so he pulled all personnel from the building. Posey Excavating was contacted and came to the scene to tear the building down, Digby said.

The property is owned by Frank D. Smith, according to the Seneca County Auditor’s Office website. Digby said the total loss estimate was about $10,000.

The occupant was displaced and the American Red Cross was contacted, he said.

Digby said Tiffin Fire Rescue Division was on standby at Fostoria’s fire station.

Fostoria Police Department assisted at the scene and American Electric Power was contacted, according to a Fostoria Police Department report.