Ottawa house fires labeled ‘suspicious’
Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:00 AM
Ottawa Fire Chief Dan Rieman labeled two house fires in Ottawa “suspicious” after both caught fire early Friday morning. Officials from Columbus are investigating the blazes which took place in deserted homes recently taken over by the Village of Ottawa. (DHI Media/Nancy Kline)
OTTAWA — Four fire departments were on the scene Friday morning for two house fires and a fire near a shed, all in the same neighborhood in Ottawa. The state fire marshal’s office has been called in to investigate the fires.
Ottawa Fire Chief Dan Rieman said the fires are suspicious. Neither home had utilities and the power had been cut off to the homes. The deserted residences are in the flood zone and had recently been turned over to the village of Ottawa as part of the Hazard Mitigation Flood Program.
The Ottawa Fire Department was called to the scene at 5:17 a.m. One home is located at 315 N. Perry St. The second home is located at 529 W. Third St.
Also called to the scene were the Leipsic, Glandorf and Kalida Fire Departments.