A fire totally destroyed a family residence Wednesday afternoon at 123 Tenth Street in Chillicothe.

A fire totally destroyed a family residence Wednesday afternoon at 123 Tenth Street in Chillicothe. According to the Chillicothe Fire Department’s report, made available at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday by Fire Chief Darrell Wright, stated that fire call came in at 12:18 p.m. and the department arrived on the scene at 12:24 p.m. The home was owned by Imogene Grouse, of Chillicothe, and was occupied by Devon and Amy Hand. The report states that upon arrival, firefighters found smoke showing from the eaves of a 1½ story single family residence. All occupants were out of the home upon the department’s arrival. Firefighters found excessive fire in the middle of the house, with rapid extension throughout the structure. Firefighters began an interior attack for a few minutes and then it was decided that it was unsafe to be inside the structure and orders were made to back out and make a defensive attack and protect exposures. The neighbor’s house was only about 5 feet from the home on fire, and firefighters concentrated on keeping the fire from spreading. Damage to the other home was limited to some siding that was melted, the fire report stated. The home was a total loss. “The cause of the fire will be listed as undetermined, other than we know that the wood stove did not cause the fire,” stated the report stated. Red Cross was contacted for the occupants of the home. Firefighters were on scene for approximately 4½ hours and continued monitoring the property for hot spots throughout the night to make sure there was no rekindle. There was a family pet in the structure that did not make it out. No other injuries reported. The department responded with pumper 326 and 329.

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