Posted by: Atwater Historical Society | February 18, 2014

Century old home rendered a total loss in Atwater

Fire destroys Atwater home

Ravenna Record-Courier Published: February 17, 2014 3:00AM

A century-old home on state Route 183 in Atwater was rendered a total loss after a fire late Saturday morning.

No one was injured in the blaze at 772 State Route 183, which was reported to the Atwater Fire Department at 11:40 a.m., Assistant Fire Chief Jesse Baughman said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and no damage estimate was immediately available, Baughman said. Three pets, including a dog and two cats, died in the fire, he said.

A resident reported that he turned on the oven, then left the house to feed the animals in his barn. Soon after, passersby “stopped and pounded on the door because they saw flames coming from the house,” Baughman said.

By the time firefighters arrived at 11:47 a.m., the house was “fully involved” on the northwest corner of the structure, he said.

According to the Portage County Auditor’s Office, the home was owned by Gary and Patricia Allen and was built in 1901. The property was appraised at $165,000.

Firefighters from the Deerfield, Edinburg, Randolph and Lexington fire departments also responded to the scene, Baughman said.

Dix Communications’

Ravenna Record-Courier

is a sister paper

to The Review.

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