Archbold, OH

Archbold Fire Department Battles Workshop Blaze

The Archbold Fire Department called for assistance from Wauseon and Ridgeville fire departments to battle an early morning blaze in a storage building-workshop, Friday, Oct. 31.

Jack Stover, 22081 Co. Rd. B, owned the structure, which was down a lane, set back in a woods approximately 30 yards from his home.

As of Monday, Andy Brodbeck, Archbold fire department chief, said cause of the blaze is not determined, and no damage estimate is yet available.

First Call

Brodbeck said AFD was paged out at 5:17 am. The original call was for a barn fire.

When they arrived at the scene, they found the woodframe building, which also had wood siding, fully engulfed. He estimated the building size at 30×50 feet.

The first priority was to protect the house from the blaze. Brodbeck said the crew aboard engine 108, one of the front-line pumpers, dropped one end of a five-inch supply hose at the road. The crew drove down the lane, setting up between the house and workshop.

Next, the crew took hand lines off the truck and began to fight the fire.

The second on-scene crew attached its engine to the fiveinch hose at the road and set up a portable tank. Other trucks dumped water into the portable tank. From there, it was pumped back to 108 and the firefighters battling the blaze.


Brodbeck said he called Wauseon Fire Department for a full assist, and Ridgeville for tanker support. A tanker shuttle was set up to supply water to battle the blaze.

There were no injuries, and the house was undamaged, Brodbeck said.- David Pugh

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