Fire destroys house

Husband and wife escape early-morning blaze.
Cary Ashby
Apr 14, 2014

 

Four area fire departments responded to a fire that destroyed a house and its contents early Saturday.

Willard Fire & Rescue sent 11 firefighters to 851 Wildwood Drive, Willard, and received mutual aid from the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department and Huron River Joint and A.V.R. fire districts.

"Each (department) brought a tanker for water," said Max Helton, Willard shift supervisor.

The Willard crew was dispatched at 12:53 a.m.

"We were there until about 6 in the morning," Helton said. "The husband and wife were inside and they got out before we got there."

The residents' names were not available.

When the first set of firefighters arrived, the house was fully involved.

"We had to go into defensive mode. We couldn't get inside and fight the fire," Helton said. "It burned up the whole house."

Huron River, which was dispatched at 1:09 a.m., sent two firefighters and a tanker to the scene. They returned to the station at 3:28.

"Our guys were just there for water supply," Chief Tom Beck said.

Firefighters had the blaze mostly under control about 2:15 a.m.

"But we were still putting water on it and putting out hot spots until about 5 in the morning," Helton said.

One firefighter received minor injuries.

"Part of the roof fell on him," Helton said, but the man didn't require being transported to the hospital.

Helton said the man who lives there went inside to retrieve some vehicles, which sustained minor damage. He said paramedics checked the victim at the scene and he also didn't need to go to the hospital.

The house and contents are considered a total loss. No damage estimate was available.

It's unknown what caused the fire or where in the house it started. State fire marshal's investigators were at the scene Monday.