LIMA – The fire on East Main Street did not harm any people but did claim ‘several family pets.’
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, a passer-by reported to the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center (E-911) that he was driving by the residence and observed flames coming out of the front of the house at about 9 p.m.
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The caller went to the house and alerted the other residents of the fire. The ECC immediately dispatched the Lima Fire Department, as well as several Deputy Sheriffs.
The house was an apartment house with six apartments that were occupied. All of the residents were able to get out of the house safely.
The Lima Fire Department as well as other assisting fire units were able to contain the fire to the front downstairs apartment and were able to bring the fire under control. The downstairs front apartment suffered major fire, smoke and water damage and the other apartments suffered smoke and water damage displacing all the residents from the building.
The occupants of the apartment where the fire started were not at home when the incident occurred.
The Red Cross was on scene assisting all residents with a place to stay and will continue to assist those families.
Fire Coordinator Kevin Niedermaier from the Livingston County Emergency Management and Ontario County Deputy Fire Coordinator Lynn Parish were on scene and investigated the cause of the fire assisted by Livingston County Sheriff’s Investigator Gene Chichester, ruling out any criminal conduct.
The Lima Fire Department was assisted by East Avon, Livonia, Honeoye Falls and West Bloomfield Fire Departments. The Lima ambulance was on scene and National Grid responded to disconnect the power.