Jerry Zimmerman, 8767 Co. Rd. 26-2, was upgraded from critical to fair condition Tuesday, Sept. 3, after he was burned in a Tuesday, Aug. 27 house fire.
The Archbold Fire Department was called to Zimmerman’s home at 1:13 pm that day, said Andy Brodbeck, AFD chief.
Brodbeck, the first to arrive at the scene, said he found Zimmerman standing in the front yard.
ALS-1, the Archbold-based paramedic unit, examined Zimmerman, then called for a helicopter ambulance to fly him to the St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, where he was still hospitalized on Friday.
When firefighters arrived, they attacked the fire in the kitchen of the older two-story wood-frame home owned by Ron Dean, 8518 Co. Rd. 26-2. However, flames had worked their way into the walls and had traveled to the second story and attic. Firefighters had to tear out interior walls to find and stop the fire.
Brodbeck called for assistance from the Fayette, West Unity, and Alvordton fire departments, then called for additional manpower from Wauseon.
Paramedics from ALS-1 set up a rehabilitation station for firefighters so they could rest, get some fluids, and have their conditions monitored.
Fire crews were on the scene about three hours.
The origin of the fire has been traced back to the kitchen, possibly on or around the stove, Brodbeck said.
He estimated damage to the house at $100,000, with $5,000 damage to contents.