UPDATE: Melted water line helps extinguish Jenera residential fire

Jenera Fire Department personnel received some unexpected assistance in putting out a fire Friday morning at 9045 Hancock County 37, about three miles northeast of the village.

Fire Chief Matt Boehm said the 8:15 a.m. call indicated a basement fire. Firefighters found a small fire in a basement utility room. The fire melted a water line, which served as a sprinkler, he said. The assistance allowed firefighters to extinguished the fire in about five to 10 minutes.

Fire personnel remained at the location cleaning up for about 90 minutes, he said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Damage was confined to the utility room, Boehm said, and is estimated at about $1,000. There was some smoke throughout the residence.

The property is owned by Todd and Deborah Ward and they are insured.

One person and a dog were able to leave the residence, he said, and there were no injuries.

Rawson and Arlington fire departments provided mutual aid, while Appleseed EMS also assisted at the scene.



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