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Archbold, Stryker Fire Departments Battle House Fire




Archbold firefighters initially responded to a report of a house fire early Monday morning that was actually in Stryker Fire Department territory.

Andy Brodbeck, Archbold Fire Department chief, said the call came in at 3:06 am as a report of a house fire on Co. Rd. B-C, between Co. Rds. 24 and 25.

However, when Archbold firefighters arrived, they discovered the fire was farther west on Williams County Rd. F-50, between the Fulton-Williams County line and Williams Co. Rd. 23.75.

Brodbeck said he had already called Stryker for assistance; he next called for a full response from Stryker.

Archbold firefighters remained on the scene and battled the blaze until Stryker units arrived and took over.

“We utilized our apparatus and theirs, until they could release us,” Brodbeck said.

Craig Koeppe, Stryker Fire Department chief, said the blaze was in a vacant two-story farmhouse owned by Rollin Short, rural Archbold.

“Nobody’s lived in it for 15 or 20 years. I’m amazed this hasn’t happened before. Kids get in it and play around,” Koeppe said.

The condition of the home had deteriorated over the years, he said. The structure was a total loss.

“I live three miles from it, and when I got there, there was nothing left but the studs. It went fast,” he said.

There are two outbuildings on the homestead, including a large double barn. Firefighters were able to prevent those structures from burning as well.

Koeppe said the cause of the fire is undetermined. He did not set a value on the loss.- David Pugh


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