A structure fire claimed a Lafayette man’s home along with his pet Tuesday afternoon.
According to Central Townships Fire District Chief Brian Bennington, they received a call at about 1:31 p.m. about the fire at 1610 Gay St. Station 291, which is in Lafayette was the first to respond.
They were also aided by the City of London, West Jefferson, Pleasant Valley, Prairie Township, Pleasant and Harmony Townships in Clark County and the Mechanicsburg Fire Department. Madison County Emergency Medical District and Emergency Medical Services were also on the scene as well as the Madison County Sheriff’s department.
Those responding found heavy flames in the garage and bedroom area which was handled by one crew while a second entered the other side of the house.
Bennington said that crews were able to isolate the fire in less than 40 minutes. He said that the damage sustained was significant, practically ruining the structure.
No one was home at the time of the fire but the resident’s cat was killed in the blaze.
The chief mentioned that the house was a rental property, which records indicate is owned by Martin A. Wilson.
The fire is under investigation by the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s office. Bennington said at press time that there was no indication of suspicious activity causing the fire.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.