LEIPSIC — Fire destroyed two unoccupied buildings Monday in downtown Leipsic, but firefighters were able to save two adjoining structures.

Leipsic Fire Chief Neil Goodwin said the fire was reported about 12:01 p.m. in two buildings at 202 E. Main St.

Those buildings were destroyed. Goodwin said the buildings, constructed in the early 1900s, used to house an arcade and were being used for storage.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the state fire marshal, he said, but it does not appear to be suspicious.

A damage estimate has not been completed.

Firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to two adjoining buildings at 200 E. Main St., including one that houses the Uptown Market & Cafe. But two apartments sustained water damage, displacing one family.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters cut a hole in the roof of the burning buildings and sprayed water down onto the fire, preventing it from spreading sideways, Goodwin said.

About 50 firefighters battled the blaze, including members of the Leipsic, Ottawa, Miller City, Gilboa, Bluffton, Deshler, McComb and Allen Township departments.

Assisting were the Putnam County and Leipsic emergency medical services, plus the Henry County and Hancock County emergency management agencies. Drones with thermal imaging cameras were used in battling the fire. Firefighters left the scene about 7:30 p.m.

According to Putnam County auditor’s records, the burned buildings are owned by Rick and Belinda Thomas. The building at 200 E. Main St. is owned by Uptown Property Group.

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