FOSTORIA — A Fostoria house was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning, the Fostoria Fire Division reported.

Fostoria firefighters were called to 231 Sandusky St. at 12:19 a.m. Fire Chief Brian Herbert said crews found the residence fully engulfed, with flames emitting from the basement and traveling up the walls.

All off-duty firefighters were called in, while Tiffin crews and Seneca County EMS were requested for standby.

Neighbors initially reported that people were possibly in the home. However, officials were able to make contact with the homeowner, who said no one was inside.

The “construction and condition of the home” made the fire difficult to extinguish, Herbert said.
Firefighters received help from Posey Excavating Inc., Bascom, which provided an excavator.

Herbert said the machine tore the structure away so crews could pour water onto burning spots.

Crews were on scene until around 11 a.m. Because of the damage to the structure, Herbert said the cause of the fire is being ruled undetermined.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.