LIMA — A Lima family lost their home in a Saturday morning fire the Bath Township Fire Department categorized as suspicious.
According to a news release, the Bath Township Fire Department received a residential fire alarm through an alarm company at 2:19 a.m. Saturday for a house at 3465 Early Ave. When firefighters arrived at the home owned by Susanna Harrod, of Lima, they found the eight occupants of the home had exited the home, which had heavy smoke coming from the attic and fire visible coming from the front.
Firefighters couldn’t enter the home because of heavy fire inside and around the structure. It took two and a half hours to extinguish the flames. The area is off Lutz Road near Springbrook Golf Course.
One occupant received minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene.
The house was ruled a total loss, with an estimated $87,000 in damages to the structure and another $40,000 for the contents. According to the Allen County Auditor’s website, the property is valued at $87,500.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire in conjunction with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office and Bath Township Fire Department.
The fire department was on scene for an about seven hours and was assisted by the Cairo-Monroe and Beaverdam-Richland Fire Departments.
Representatives from the American Red Cross were also on scene to help the residents.