Chillicothe firefighters responded to a fire call involving three houses in the 400 block of Reynard Street early Saturday, July 1, at about 2:25 a.m. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find three houses fully involved with flames.
Chillicothe firefighters responded to a fire call involving three houses in the 400 block of Reynard Street early Saturday, July 1, at about 2:25 a.m. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find three houses fully involved with flames. The fire had started at the center house (435 Reynard), and spread to 427 on the south and 439 on the north. The house at 427 was occupied, but everyone was out of the house, according to a news release issued by Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright. The initial structure of involvement had a ruptured natural gas line that was fueling the fire, according to the fire report. That house had been vacant. It is believed that the occupant of the house to the north is in the process of moving and was not at the location at the time of the fire. Chief Wright said that the fire was contained as of 5 a.m. Saturday, but firefighters waited for Empire Gas to turn off the gas main before they could put out the fire. They also had live electrical lines and were working with CMU to turn off the power. The center structure and the house to the south were completely leveled by the fire. The structure to the north sustained significant fire and smoke damage. A resident of the south house, Tim Vanfossen, received minor burns and smoke inhalation while attempting to enter the structure to retrieve a pet, the fire report stated. He was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment. A Chillicothe firefighter was taken to HMC for dehydration and heat exhaustion. Chillicothe called for mutual aid from both Trenton and Carrollton, who had trucks and personnel on the scene. The property at 439 is owned by 2B Properties NO2 LLC, of Chillicothe. The property at 435 is owned by Thomas Houghton, of Chillicothe. Firefighters received a report of someone hearing an explosion at the time of the fire. The state fire marshal was called to the scene and the cause of the fire remained under investigation as of Sunday evening.