Investigators are trying to figure out what started a fire that totally destroyed a house Tuesday morning. The Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department was called out around 2:01 a.m. to the fire at 2205 Troy Road.
“The neighbors discovered it and reported it as fully engulfed,” said Washington Township Fire Chief Tony Wichman. “The entire back of the house, the kitchen and garage area was already burned down to the ground. When you show up and the fire is that far ahead of you have no chance. You just try to put it out.”
The head start of the blaze wasn’t the only issue facing fire fighters. Getting water to the fire was also difficult. Water tankers were called in from Veale Township, Cannelburg and Montgomery and also Harrison Township in Knox County.
“The house was older and had been remodeled several times,” said Wichman. “That left a lot of false ceilings and an attic that had been opened up to living space.”
Firefighters spent about an hour and half bringing the fire under control. In all there were 10 fire vehicles on the scene to fight the fire.
Authorities say the house was owned by Jeff and Kelly Clouse. It was not occupied and had no utilities.
“We have called in the state fire marshal to investigate the cause,” said Wichman. “Our department is assisting in the investigation.”
No injuries were reported as a result of the fire. Officials put the dollar damage estimate for the structure at $100,000 plus contents.