Fire destroys Lincoln Street home


By Mike Ullery - mullery@civitasmedia.com



Mike Ullery | Daily Call Firefighters from Piqua and Covington change out air bottles as they work to extinguish a fire at 1027 Lincoln St. in Piqua on Friday afternoon.


Firefighters from Piqua and Covington battle a house fire in the 1100 block of Lincoln Ave in Piqua on December 16, 2016.


Firefighters from Piqua and Covington battle a house fire in the 1100 block of Lincoln Ave in Piqua on December 16, 2016.


PIQUA — A Piqua family is without a home following a house fire on Lincoln Street on Friday morning.

Firefighters were called to 1027 Lincoln St. at 10:43 a.m. on the report of a garage fire at that address.

Piqua firefighters arrived on the scene to find smoke and flames coming from the attached garage portion of the single-family residence.

A neighbor had gone to the front door of the home and yelled to make sure that no one was inside and a firefighter checked for occupants as the first trucks arrived on the scene.

Piqua Fire Chief Brent Pohlschnieder said that crews initiated an offensive attack against the fire but found the fire “already in a lot of the void spaces.”

“When crews tried to make headway up in the upper story they were met with a lot of fire, then pushed back,” said Pohlschneider. “So we sounded the evacuation horn and went defense.”

Covington Fire Department was dispatched to provide mutual aid. Extremely cold weather conditions added difficulty to the firefighters’ jobs.

After the fire was knocked back, firefighters again re-entered the burning home to attack the fire from the inside.

The fire was reported as under control after nearly three hours. Covington Fire Department was released from the scene with Piqua reporting command terminated just before 3 p.m.

Assistant Piqua Fire Chief Jon Stevens said the origin of the fire appears to be in the attached garage area at the rear of the home. Fire investigators remained on the scene to continue to search for a cause.

No damage estimate has been released and no injuries reported. Fletcher Fire Department also provided mutual aide.

The American Red Cross was contacted to look after the family, described as a mother, father, and several children.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Firefighters from Piqua and Covington change out air bottles as they work to extinguish a fire at 1027 Lincoln St. in Piqua on Friday afternoon.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2016/12/web1_121616mju_fire_pfd_lincoln1-2.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Firefighters from Piqua and Covington change out air bottles as they work to extinguish a fire at 1027 Lincoln St. in Piqua on Friday afternoon.

Firefighters from Piqua and Covington battle a house fire in the 1100 block of Lincoln Ave in Piqua on December 16, 2016.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2016/12/web1_MU2_6712-2.jpgFirefighters from Piqua and Covington battle a house fire in the 1100 block of Lincoln Ave in Piqua on December 16, 2016.

Firefighters from Piqua and Covington battle a house fire in the 1100 block of Lincoln Ave in Piqua on December 16, 2016.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2016/12/web1_MU2_6782-2.jpgFirefighters from Piqua and Covington battle a house fire in the 1100 block of Lincoln Ave in Piqua on December 16, 2016.

By Mike Ullery

mullery@civitasmedia.com

Reach Mike Ullery at (937) 451-3335

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