An Upper Sandusky family lost its two dogs in a fire on North Fifth Street on Thursday morning.
According to a news release from the Upper Sandusky Fire Department, firefighters responded to a single-family home at 405 N. Fifth St. at 8:32 a.m. and found fire and heavy smoke coming from inside the house. The home sustained structural damage to the kitchen and bathroom areas. There also was heat and smoke damage throughout the home owned by Benjamin and Meredith Blankenship which the news release says was “unoccupied” at the time of the fire.
The Wyandot County Chapter of the American Red Cross issued a written statement saying they are assisting the family of six who lived in the home — two adults and four children — with shelter, clothing and food. The Red Cross also provided the family with comfort kits, personal hygiene items and stuffed animals for the children, as well as canteen service for the firefighters.
The Carey Fire Department was called in to help extinguish the fire. Upper Sandusky EMS and the Upper Sandusky Police Department also responded to the scene.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but according to the news release, electrical causes have not been ruled out.
By CHANDA NEELY