House fire under investigation

Staff Report

December 9, 2013

LIGHTSVILLE - The State Fire Marshal’s Office was called to investigate a fire that engulfed a home at 2327 Rossburg-Lightsville Road and kept firefighters on the scene for nearly six hours Monday.

Rossburg Fire Department received the dispatch to the fire at 10 a.m. and, according to Assistant Chief Rod Widener, it was fully involved when his department arrived. Neighbors reportedly called in the fire.

He also said two residents who lived in the structure were alerted by neighbors and had left the home before the fire department got there.

Widener said the state fire marshal described the cause of the fire as undetermined.

“We don’t think it’s suspicious,” Widener said. “But, we declare it a total loss. Nothing there was salvageable.”

The assistant chief also reported that there were no problems in battling the blaze. Mutual aid was received from the Ansonia, Union City, Ohio and Ind., Burkettsville, St. Henry, North Star and Osgood fire departments.

Ansonia and Union City Rescue were also on standby at the scene.

The Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross was called to help potential victims.

It is believed that a cat and a dog died in the fire and that some equipment in the garage, which also caught fire, was burned.