LIMA — Bath Township firefighters were dispatched Wednesday morning to the site of a former motel just northeast of Lima city limits and found portions of the structure filled with smoke upon their arrival.
Joe Kitchen, chief of the Bath Fire Department, said the cause of the fire is “undetermined and under investigation, and is considered to be suspicious.”
According to Kitchen, a passing truck driver observed the fire and called 9-1-1 at approximately 9:21 a.m. to alert the fire department of a structure fire at 1201 Neubrecht Road — the location of the former Lima Inn Motel. The motel closed more than a year ago and the structure has been unoccupied, Kitchen said.
Arriving at the scene, firefighters observed heavy smoke coming from all four sides of a building at the one-time motel, which previously housed a gas station, convenience store, offices, restaurant, bar and conference room. Kitchen said the building suffered extensive heat, smoke and water damage throughout.
It took firefighters nearly two hours to fully extinguish the fire. No fire department personnel were injured. The Lima Fire Department provided mutual aid by sending two additional engine companies.
The property is owned by 1201 Neubrecht Rd Property LLC of Mentor. Fire department officials were unable to locate contact information for the owner to notify them of the fire, Kitchen said.
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the fire department at 419-221-0550 or Lima/Allen County Crime Stoppers at 419-229-7867.
Reach J Swygart at 567-242-0464.