‘Suspicious’ fire at former Lima motel


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



Bath Fire Chief Joe Kitchen speaks with one of his firefighters who responded to a fire Wednesday morning at the site of the former Lima Inn Motel at 1201 Neubrecht Road. Kitchen said the cause of the first is as yet undertermined but is being considered “suspicious.”

Bath Fire Chief Joe Kitchen speaks with one of his firefighters who responded to a fire Wednesday morning at the site of the former Lima Inn Motel at 1201 Neubrecht Road. Kitchen said the cause of the first is as yet undertermined but is being considered “suspicious.”


J Swygart | The Lima News

Bath Township firefighters were on the scene of the Wednesday morning fire on Neubrecht Road for nearly two hours.

Bath Township firefighters were on the scene of the Wednesday morning fire on Neubrecht Road for nearly two hours.


J Swygart | The Lima News

A Bath Township firefighter lugs a hose into position as crews battled a fire Wednesday morning at the corner of Neubrecht Road and state Route 81 on Lima’s northeast side.


J Swygart | The Lima News

Bath Fire Chief Joe Kitchen speaks with one of his firefighters who responded to a fire Wednesday morning at the site of the former Lima Inn Motel at 1201 Neubrecht Road. Kitchen said the cause of the first is as yet undertermined but is being considered “suspicious.”


J Swygart | The Lima News

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.

Bath Fire Chief Joe Kitchen speaks with one of his firefighters who responded to a fire Wednesday morning at the site of the former Lima Inn Motel at 1201 Neubrecht Road. Kitchen said the cause of the first is as yet undertermined but is being considered “suspicious.”
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/10/web1_Motel-Fire-..-Kitchen-and-firefighter.jpgBath Fire Chief Joe Kitchen speaks with one of his firefighters who responded to a fire Wednesday morning at the site of the former Lima Inn Motel at 1201 Neubrecht Road. Kitchen said the cause of the first is as yet undertermined but is being considered “suspicious.” J Swygart | The Lima News
Bath Township firefighters were on the scene of the Wednesday morning fire on Neubrecht Road for nearly two hours.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/10/web1_Motel-Fire-...-Lima-Inn-sign.jpgBath Township firefighters were on the scene of the Wednesday morning fire on Neubrecht Road for nearly two hours. J Swygart | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/10/web1_Motel-Fire-..-2-firefighters.jpgJ Swygart | The Lima News
A Bath Township firefighter lugs a hose into position as crews battled a fire Wednesday morning at the corner of Neubrecht Road and state Route 81 on Lima’s northeast side.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/10/web1_Motel-Fire-..-one-firefighter.jpgA Bath Township firefighter lugs a hose into position as crews battled a fire Wednesday morning at the corner of Neubrecht Road and state Route 81 on Lima’s northeast side. J Swygart | The Lima News
Bath Fire Chief Joe Kitchen speaks with one of his firefighters who responded to a fire Wednesday morning at the site of the former Lima Inn Motel at 1201 Neubrecht Road. Kitchen said the cause of the first is as yet undertermined but is being considered “suspicious.”
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/10/web1_Motel-Fire-..-Kitchen-wider-view.jpgBath Fire Chief Joe Kitchen speaks with one of his firefighters who responded to a fire Wednesday morning at the site of the former Lima Inn Motel at 1201 Neubrecht Road. Kitchen said the cause of the first is as yet undertermined but is being considered “suspicious.” J Swygart | The Lima News

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