Noon fire strikes area home

Crews from multiple area fire departments responded to a house fire at 12:07 p.m. Monday at 16470 Blackhoof Creek Road.
Uniopolis Assistant Fire Chief Michael Wenning said four family members were at home at the time of the fire but all escaped without injury. The residence belongs to Esther and Thomas Huelskamp.
The fire to the structure destroyed the garage, and the home received significant smoke and fire damage. Wenning said that a value has not been determined on the loss, but that it will not be deemed a total loss.
According to the Auglaize County Auditor’s Office website, the home is valued at $189,230.
Hot embers falling off the structure and carried by the wind also caused random spots of ground to the east of the house also to catch fire.
Wenning said when firefighters originally arrived at the scene that the wind complicated the process of putting out the fire.
Due to intense heat from the weather, the fire took about an hour to to get under control and firefighters were battling the blaze until 6:02 p.m.
Along with Uniopolis, units from Wapakoneta, St. Johns, Cridersville, Buckland, Perry and Botkins fire departments all responded to the scene, along with units from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.
The large number of firefighters responding to the scene was due to the heat and humidity and the need to rotate crews in order to keep them fresh, Wenning said.
Workers from Dayton Power & Light arrived at the scene to shut off power to the home.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and remains under investigation, Wenning said.