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.