Firefighters battle a wind-whipped blaze that destroyed a house and barn Friday afternoon at 17188 Marion Township 202, near the Findlay reservoirs. Vanlue Fire Chief Mark Price said winds blew at 39 mph at times, fanning the flames. (Photo by Randy Roberts / The Courier)

By EILEEN MCCLORY
STAFF WRITER

A house and barn were destroyed Friday afternoon by a fire at 17188 Marion Township 202, near the Findlay reservoirs.

No injuries were reported.

Don Alesh owns the home, according to the Hancock County auditor’s records. He was not there at the time of the fire.

Mark Price, Vanlue fire chief, said his department was called to the fire at 12:43 p.m. by Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative workers.

The fire appeared to start in the house and jumped to a nearby detached barn.

The cause of the fire is not known, Price said.

By 2 p.m. Friday, the fire had been contained.

Price said winds, which were blowing at 39 miles an hour at times, were a problem for firefighters.

Another struggle was obtaining water to fight the blaze.

Vanlue radioed several times for more water. Fire departments from Allen Township, Washington Township, Delaware Township, and Arlington all responded, bringing water tankers and helping knock down the fire.

Hanco EMS and Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative also responded.

The home was not insured, Price said.

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