Fire destroys buildings in downtown Leipsic

By Sam Shriver -

LEIPSIC — Fire destroyed two buildings in downtown Leipsic Monday afternoon and damaged two others in the village.

According to Neil Goodwin, fire chief, they received the call at 12:01 p.m. When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from both floors of the building at 202 E. Main St.

Firefighters immediately mounted an offensive attack of the fire, but after 10 minutes, the fire became too dangerous and a defensive posture was warranted.

“We were able to stop the fire from gaining access to half the buildings. There’s actually four buildings there altogether. Two of them are complete losses, one of them has water damage — that’s the building that actually houses an occupant apartment — and then the last building houses Uptown Market and Cafe and some apartments upstairs. We were able to save the half with occupants in the market. The other half is a complete loss,” said Goodwin.

While fighting the blaze, firefighters were able to utilize drones with thermal imaging capabilities from Putnam, Henry and Hancock counties.

“We were able to utilize those to direct hose streams and hit hotspots,” said Goodwin.

The state fire marshal’s office has been brought in to investigate the cause of the fire.

No one was injured in the fire.

Leipsic received assistance from the Ottawa, Miller City, Gilboa, Deshler, Allen Township, McComb and Malinta fire departments.

Demolition of the buildings that were damaged the most is scheduled for Wednesday.

By Sam Shriver

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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