By Karen Kin
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
Capt. Jim Boehler (left) hands Capt. Chad Corfman a chainsaw while working at the scene of a house fire at 264 Second Ave. Saturday. It was Tiffin Fire Rescue Division’s third house fire in two weeks.
Tiffin firefighters inspect smoke at a house fire 264 Second Ave. Saturday.
A Tiffin firefighter sustained first- and second-degree burns while working to put out a fire at 264 Second Ave. Saturday. The house sustained significant damage in the fire, and personnel from all three Tiffin Fire Rescue Division shifts were summoned to the scene.
Chief Bill Ennis of Tiffin Fire Rescue Division said the firefighter, who was the first responder in the door at the scene, had burns to his knee and was transported to Mercy Tiffin Hospital. He said Saturday evening the firefighter, whom he declined to identify, had been released from the hospital and was home.
A Tiffin Police Department spokeswoman said a neighbor reported the fire at 3:35 p.m.
Ennis said the back half of the home was significantly engulfed when firefighters arrived at the scene.
"We started an aggressive attack," Ennis said. It was unknown at the time whether anyone was inside.
Firefighters determined no one was in the home and worked to get the fire knocked down, he said. It took about one hour control the fire, he said, and about 20 firefighters were at the scene.
Ennis said the home was heavily damaged, and the American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family, who had been renting the property.
The house is owned by Bradford Booth, according to the Seneca County Auditor's Office website.
Six people, Ennis said, had been living there, and they were in the process of moving. The three adults and three children, he said, had another residence in which to stay and were assisted by the Red Cross with the contents lost in the fire.
An investigation to determine the cause of the fire, Ennis said, was to be conducted.
Personnel from American Electric Power and Tiffin Police Department assisted at the scene.
- Online Editor Jill Gosche contributed to this report.