Lima family safe as Friday morning fire destroys residence


An early morning house fire on Friday at 729 E. Elm St. left the house uninhabitable and slated for demolition.

An early morning house fire on Friday at 729 E. Elm St. left the house uninhabitable and slated for demolition.


Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

LIMA — Three people inside a burning Lima residence escaped unharmed early Friday morning, but the structure was deemed a total loss and was scheduled to be razed later in the day.

According to a spokesman for the Lima Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched at 3:30 a.m. Friday to 729 E. Elm St. in response to a house fire. Upon their arrival, firefighters found the two-story dwelling fully engulfed in flames. Three people inside the home had safely evacuated before firefighters arrived.

The rental unit, valued at $27,500 and owned by C&C Property Management, was determined to be a total loss. Contents of the home valued at $5,000 were also destroyed. The tenant of the home was listed as Ryan Stechschulte.

Siding on an adjacent residence suffered $4,000 in damages, and three vehicles near the blaze were damaged.

An early morning house fire on Friday at 729 E. Elm St. left the house uninhabitable and slated for demolition.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/01/web1_House-Fire_01co.jpgAn early morning house fire on Friday at 729 E. Elm St. left the house uninhabitable and slated for demolition. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

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