By MORGAN MANNS
Fostoria Fire Division and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating a blaze that damaged a mobile home early Monday morning in the 800 block of Woodward Avenue.
According to Fostoria’s Interim Fire Chief Warren Digby, reports of a fire at the trailer located at Lot 64 in Williams Trailer Park came in at 1:11 a.m.
According to witnesses, they noticed a section of the trailer was engulfed in flames shortly after 1 a.m. Loud sounds could be heard coming from the general direction of the trailer, which one witness said she attributed to car doors slamming shut before noticing the fire.
Fire personnel were able to contain and extinguish the blaze within 10 to 15 minutes, according to Digby. Firefighters spent more than two hours investigating and completing salvage and overhaul.
“We have to open up the ceiling and the walls to a point where there’s no fire left,” Digby said. “We’re looking for extensions, making sure the fire didn’t spread.”
Witnesses said firearms were confiscated from the mobile home for safe keeping.
According to Digby, residential damage was estimated at $12,500 with an additional $10,000 in content damage.
“The fire was contained to the living room but there was smoke damage throughout the trailer,” he said. “It’s a total loss.”
One individual, who Digby declined to identify, lived at the residence but was not home when the fire broke out. The resident is staying at the Best Western.
The American Red Cross of Seneca County is providing the temporary shelter, assistance for food and clothing, and a comfort kit of personal hygiene items, according to a news release. They will “continue to aid the resident as needed and assist in long-term recovery planning with resources, information and referrals to partner agencies.”
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