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.
Reach Mike Ullery at (937) 451-3335