By Margie Wuebker
Firefighters in the Southwest Mercer County Fire District did not have far to go when their pagers sounded Monday night.
They were at the firehouse trying on new boots when a passerby spotted flames coming from a window at the home of Dan Anderson, 6621 Wabash Road, and called 911 at 7:42 p.m.
"The trucks were right at hand," fire chief Kim Day told The Daily Standard. "We certainly cleared the place in a hurry."
Sixteen firefighters and five trucks responded from the Fort Recovery firehouse while four firefighters and an engine were dispatched from the Celina Fire Department.
Flames were confined to the living room of the home that is being remodeled. Day reported the remainder of the structure sustained heat and fire damage but a loss figure has not been set at this point. Firefighters remained on the scene about an hour, with water brought in by tanker from a nearby pond.
Dennis Cummings, an investigator with the Ohio Fire Marshal's Office, is expected at the scene today as an investigation into the cause continues.
Anderson, who was not home at the time, reportedly has insurance coverage.
As for the boots, they are part of new turnout gear the department is purchasing with funds from a firefighter grant awarded late last year.