Westerville News & Public Opinion

Two house fires strike in three days

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Westerville firefighters battled two blazes in the city in the space of three days early this week.

A house fire at 79 Hampton Park in high winds Sunday afternoon, March 16, destroyed the rear of the residence and rendered the home unhabitable, while damage from a fire at 188 Allview Road reported at 12:21 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, was limited to to one bedroom and exterior eves.

Westerville Fire Chief Bernie Ingles praised his firefighters for their work at both sites.

"I think the guys did a great job on Hampton Park because of the high winds they had Sunday, not allowing the fire to extend to neighboring structures," he said.

"And on Allview, I think they did a great job keeping it contained to a back bedroom."

Seven occupants safely escaped the Hampton Park house fire, first called in at 2:12 p.m. March 16.

The lone occupant also made it out of the Allview Road house without injuries March 18.

No firefighters were injured battling either blaze, Ingles said. Genoa Township and Columbus units helped with the Hampton Park fire.

The cause of both fires remains undetermined, the fire chief said.

The rear of the Hampton Park home was destroyed and the residence is unhabitable, Ingles said. Whether it can be rebuilt or is a total loss will be up to the homeowner's insurance company, he said.

While damage at the Allview Road house was minor, its utilities have been shut off, forcing the resident to find another place to stay for the time being.

The Red Cross assisted both families in finding lodging after the fires.

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