Sugarcreek Township family escapes house fire
By Brad Pedersen
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 8:42 a.m.
An early morning fire destroyed a home on River Road in Sugarcreek Township on Monday, but a couple and their two children who live there were able to escape unharmed.
Fire engulfed the back of the house, owned by Ronald and Robin Patch, at around 2 a.m. when firefighters from five companies arrived, said to Jim Hillwig, chief of the Sugarcreek Township Volunteer Fire Department.
“It was a real stubborn fire, and we weren't able to leave until about 6 a.m.,” Hillwig said.
“It was a total loss — everything was destroyed.”
The family discovered the fire after falling asleep in the front of the house. The fire is believed to have started in the home's heating system, Hillwig said.
“It's being ruled accidental, but it's still under investigation,” Hillwig said.
“There was so much damage, I don't know if we'll ever figure out what caused it.”
The Red Cross provided clothing, shoes, coats and food to the Patch parents and their two children, said spokeswoman Lauren Ashley.
She said that the family declined further assistance and plans to stay with relatives.
Hillwig said one firefighter had to be treated for smoke inhalation.
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or email@example.com.
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