Jackson Township home deemed a total loss after Thursday morning blaze


JACKSON TOWNSHIP — A home in rural Harrod was destroyed by fire early Thursday.

According to Chief Brett Bassitt of the Lafayette-Jackson Township Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched at approximately 5:40 a.m. to 1380 N. Phillips Road, Harrod, in response to a structure fire.

Upon their arrival, firefighters found the two-story home owned by Skyler Rayl and Alexa Wireman fully engulfed in flames with a partially-collapsed roof.

Bassitt said it was quickly determined by statements from neighbors and by phone calls to the homeowner that the structure was vacant at the time of the fire. The home, built in 1920 and remodeled in 1988, was deemed a total loss. Rayl and Wireman purchased the property for $110,000 in April, according to the Allen County Auditor’s website.

No firefighters were injured during the incident.

Assistance for the fire was received from Harrod-Auglaize Township Fire Department, Westminster Rural Fire Department, Beaverdam-Richland Township Fire Department, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office and the American Red Cross.

At this time, the cause of the fire is undetermined and remains under investigation, Bassitt said.

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