Archbold, OH

Undetected Fire Does $23,000 In Damage

An undetected fire apparently burned itself out after doing $23,000 damage to an Archbold apartment sometime last week.

Archbold police and firefighters were called to the apartment of Jessica Bixler, 23, at about 9:15 am, Thursday, July 11.

Hers is one of three apartments in the building at 311 E. Holland St.

The building is owned by Larry and Rita Wyse, rural Archbold.

Andy Brodbeck, Archbold Fire Department chief, said the bedroom was “pretty well burned,” while the rest of the apartment suffered smoke and heat damage.

Bixler said she left the apartment about 3:30 pm, Tuesday, July 9.

When she returned on July 11, she discovered the damage.

An investigator from the State Fire Marshall office looked over the damage, but was unable to determine a cause.

Brodbeck said there was no indication the fire was intentionally set.

On the afternoon of July 10, severe thunderstorms with lightning rolled through the area. The other tenants in the building reported some of their electronic equipment was damaged, possibly by a lightning strike.

That, Brodbeck said, points to lightning as a possible cause of the fire.

The fire was established in the bedroom, but Brodbeck suspects it consumed all of the available oxygen and smothered out.

Brodbeck estimated damage at $20,000 to the structure, and $3,000 to the contents.

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