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Fire destroys house

By JOE CENTERS • Updated Feb 9, 2016 at 12:02 AM

CLARKSFIELD TOWNSHIP — Fire destroyed the Ken and Patty Baumhardt residence at 39 Butler Road in Clarksfield Township on Monday morning.

Nobody was injured.

(NOTE: Pictures of firefighters battling the blaze are posted on this website.)

Patty was in North Ridgeville with her sick mother when she got the call. Ken and his grandson, Jake, were in the house at the time.

New London Volunteer Fire Chief John Chapin said Ken told him he got up at 5:30 a.m., started the coffee and was sitting in the front room when he heard the fire detector.

Baumhardt said he thought the fire started in the kitchen and there was a wood-burner in the basement, Chapin said.

“They got out with their clothes and that was it,” Patty said. “It was tough to get them shoes, but they got out fine. Even the cats got out.”

Patty got a chance to look around the house.

”This is gone,“ she said about the front right-side of the house. ”The back is all right. The wood burner is in the basement. The light bulb still works in the basement and it never went out. You think if it was the wood-burner the fire would have popped the lightbulb, right?“

The call came in at 6:03 a.m. Chapin said firefighters had a tough time getting the fire out in ceiling because of the way the house was built with the drywall and blown-in insulation.

Ken Bumhart has been remodeling the home.

“He’s been working on it for awhile,” Patty Baumhardt said.

“I’m numb. I don’t even know what to say, It’s so overwhelming,” she said. “I’m just so glad they got out and everybody is OK.

New London firefighters were being assisted by firefighters from Wakeman and Rochester, along with Citizens Ambulance.

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