MOUNT CORY — A more than century-old farm house at 3083 Hancock County 37, north of Mount Cory, was extensively damaged Tuesday night after a fire gutted the structure.
When J. Eric Wilkins, chief of Southwest Joint Fire District, arrived at the location after the 8:20 p.m. call, he could see heavy smoke coming from the second floor and the roof eaves, he said. Fire personnel remained at the location until about 4 a.m.
The metal roof was heavily damaged underneath, as were several rooms inside the residence, he said.
This morning, owners Matt and Elaine Moyer were sitting under the shade of a tree outside the structure. There were no injuries, and several outbuildings were not damaged. A cat died in the fire, but a dog survived.
They said the fire began on the east, or left side, of the residence, which was constructed in the early 1900s and known as the Moyer Homestead. Matt’s grandparents previously lived on the property, he said.
American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter personnel responded to the fire and provided assistance with their immediate needs. The Red Cross also assisted firefighters with food and beverages.
“We’re deeply saddened for those who were impacted by this fire,” said Todd James, chapter executive director. “As we continue to help them, we urge everyone to take steps to minimize the risk of a fire occurring in their home.”
An insurance adjuster was expected today as firefighters continued to investigate.
There was fire, smoke and water damage to the entire house, Matt Moyer said.
They were unsure today whether the residence could be rebuilt, or would have to be replaced.
“We’re very thankful for the response we received,” they said. “It was an amazing response from family, friends and neighbors.”
About 30 firefighters from Jenera, Mount Cory, Rawson, Blanchard Township, Liberty Township, Allen Township and Bluffton arrived to assist, Wilkins said. Hanco and Bluffton emergency medical service personnel were at the location, too.