Fire destroys home PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 13 April 2012 09:48
Volunteer firefighters battle a rural house fire in Weston on Thursday. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
WESTON - Five area fire crews were called to a blaze that destroyed a rural residence Thursday. PHOTO BLOG
Damages are estimated at $175,000.
Weston Township Fire Chief Randy Tolles said this morning that the fire, located at 14398 Custar Road, was reported at approximately 12:15 p.m. The initial call indicated that the two-story home was on fire, with flames shooting through the roof.
Weston fire crews responded, as did crews from Milton, Grand Rapids, and Washington townships, and Damascus Township in Henry County.
Upon arriving on-scene, the crews observed heavy flames and smoke coming from the house.
While firefighters were able to get the flames under control within an hour, their efforts were hampered by a lack of fire hydrants at the site. Water had to be brought in by tankers, and Tolles said that they were out of water for a few minutes while the blaze was being fought - one of the reasons so many departments responded.
No one was inside the home at the time, and no injuries were reported.
Tolles said that it appears that the fire began in the garage of the home and spread, but the cause remains under investigation.
Damage to the house, which was deemed a total loss, is estimated at $175,000.
Tolles said it was not known where the family living in the residence is currently staying.
Crews remained on-scene until approximately 5 p.m.

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