House fire reported on South Union

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Lima firefighters cool down after battling a house fire at 1122 South Union Avenue Friday morning. The cause of fire is under investigation. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

Lima firefighters cool down after battling a house fire at 1122 S. Union St. Friday morning. The cause of fire is under investigation.

LIMA — Fire claimed a house Friday morning.

Reported at about 9:10 a.m., fire started on the first floor of 1122 S. Union St. No one was home at the time, but it appears it began in a room with an electrical panel and furnace.

The fire could have started by a spark from the panel, said the Lima Fire Department, but an exact cause remains under investigation.

“It went up and out from there,” said Battalion Chief Greg Kirkendall.

The house was fully involved when the fire department arrived, but it only took about 15 minutes to get the flames under control. Flames were pouring out of the first and second floor windows.

After officials were able to extinguish the fire inside the home, they turned their attention to fire within the walls.

The home sustained $20,000 in damage and $5,000 in contents, deeming the home a total loss.

The home is owned by Sherita Shurelds, according to the Allen County Auditor’s website. The home is valued at $24,800.