Firefighters begin 2018 with two fires

Bystanders watch as firefighters battle a blaze at 206 E. Mechanic Street that began shortly after 9 p.m. Monday. All the occupants, including pets, got out safely.
Staff Writer

Two fires broke out over the holiday weekend in Wapakoneta, and according to officials with the Wapakoneta Fire Department. Both are suspected to be heating related.

On Sunday evening, around 11:30 p.m., units from Wapakoneta, Uniopolis, and Buckland, comprising around 20 firefighters responded to a structure fire at 204 W. Silver St. in Wapakoneta. No injuries were reported amongst responders or occupants. The building sustained moderate damage.

A second fire engulfed the house at 206 E. Mechanic St., in Wapakoneta shortly before 9 p.m. on Monday.

The occupants, including all pets, were successfully evacuated and accounted for. 30 firefighters from Wapakoneta, Uniopolis, and Buckland responded to the scene in below zero temperatures until almost 2 a.m.

The building sustained moderate damage in the fire.

Captain Doug Kill, who was on the scene, said the conditions caused some icing to occur while the department battled the flames.

The large response from outside departments was due to a mutual aid agreement with other county departments. The agreement is automatically triggered when any department receives an active structure fire call.