The scene of a residential structure fire in Columbus Grove in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The scene of a residential structure fire in Columbus Grove in the early hours of Sunday morning. (photo submitted)

COLUMBUS GROVE — At approximately 3:40 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 6, the Columbus Grove Fire Department was dispatched to the 100 block of Pearl St. for a residential structure fire. First arriving crews met a heavy, with the rear of the residence engulfed in flames. According to Fire Chief Bob Brubaker, it took over three hours to get the fire completely under control and required volunteers to tear off the metal roof of the structure.

“Lot of good help from other fire departments,” Chief Brubaker said. “It’s great to have good help in Putnam County.” Mutual aid was received from Ottawa Fire Department, Riley Township Fire Department, Kalida Volunteer Fire Department, and Cairo Monroe Township Fire Department. No human injuries were reported, though three goats registered as emotional support animals did not survive.

The fire marshall arrived on Monday and could not immediately ascertain the cause of the fire, according to Chief Brubaker. With the cause undetermined, the fire remains under investigation.