American Township home destroyed by fire

LIMA — A fire destroyed an American Township home Sunday.

The American Township Fire Department was dispatched just before noon to 1637 Benham Drive in the Sherwood Park subdivision on the report of a fireplace fire.

When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from the chimney, but within a few minutes, the fire had spread through the roof of the home, occupied by Dennis and Marcia Laudick. They were able to get three dogs out of the house safely.

Fire investigators are working to determine an exact cause.

Damages are listed at $200,000.

American Township received mutual aid from Shawnee, Lima and Delphos Fire Departments.

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