JAMIE BAKER / The Courier
Fire gutted this downtown building located at 213 N. Main St. on Saturday morning. Fire crews were called to the scene at approximately 3:41 a.m. and were there throughout the morning. The three-story structure housed apartments, but was vacant at the time of the blaze, according to the Findlay Fire Department.

An old apartment building on Findlay’s North Main Street, one that survived a neighboring fire in 2016, burned early today.

Findlay firefighters were called to the scene at 3:41 a.m. at 213 N. Main St., according to Findlay Fire Battalion Chief Matt Traver. Fifteen firefighters responded, with some fire visible on the second floor of the building and smoke visible on the second and third floors.

A second alarm was requested at 3:51 a.m., with 14 more firefighters responding to the scene, Traver said. Firefighters took up a defensive strategy, and the fire was reported to be under control around 7 a.m.

A secondary search of the building, which was vacant at the time of the fire, confirmed that no one was inside. The last crews left the scene around 3:30 p.m., Travers said.

Heavy damage was reported on the second and third floors of the building, including some partial floor collapses, Travers said, adding that the roof of the building remained intact.

Surrounding streets, including North Main and Center streets, Meeks Avenue and Clinton Court, were closed this morning due to firefighting activities, but have since re-opened.

The cause and location of where the fire started were not yet known, Traver said. Fire investigators were onsite this afternoon to conduct their investigation.

The Findlay Police Department, Hanco EMS, Findlay Street Department, Findlay Water and Sewer Department and American Red Cross — North Central Ohio Chapter all responded to the scene. Bright Image Auto Detailing also assisted at the scene as a staging and warming area for firefighters and the Red Cross.

According to the Hancock County auditor’s website, the building is owned by Findlay North Main Street LLC.

The fire-damaged building is the only one left standing on the east side of North Main Street between the Blanchard River and Center Street. Other buildings on that side of Main Street have burned, or were heavily damaged by the 2007 flood and later torn down.

In January 2016, a big fire destroyed a business and apartment building at 217-227 N. Main St., just north of the building.The buildings damaged in that fire were later torn down.

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