Enterprise Ave. fire ruled accidental


SIDNEY — An early Wednesday morning fire on Enterprise Avenue was deemed accidental due to improperly discarded smoking materials, according to Sidney Fire Department’s fire investigation team.

At approximately 3:22 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, the Sidney Department of Fire & Emergency Services was dispatched to 317 Enterprise Ave. on a report of a structure fire. According to a press release from Sidney Fire, on arrival firefighters found a two-story home with heavy fire showing from the second floor window of a corner bedroom.

Sidney Police officers on scene confirmed they assisted three adult occupants from the home and according to the homeowner, everyone was out of the home.

A box-alarm was called which provided additional manpower and equipment from all off-duty personnel along with units from Anna and Lockington Fire Departments. Perry Port Salem Rescue provided EMS coverage and handled two calls during the fire.

Crews were able to knock down the fire quickly and performed a search of both the first and second floors to confirm all residents had made it out safely. Crews remained on scene for a couple of hours checking for fire extension and overhauling the attic space.

DP&L and Vectren responded to the scene and secured utilities to the home. The Northern Miami Valley Chapter Red Cross is providing assistance to the homeowners.

One of the occupants was upstairs asleep in one of the bedrooms when he was awakened by the smell of smoke. He alerted the other two occupants who were downstairs at the time, both of whom were awake and unaware of the fire.

The home did have working smoke detectors which sounded and alarmed as the occupants were evacuating.

The fire investigation team has ruled the fire as “accidental” caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

The home sustained damages estimated at $50,000 to the structure and $25,000 to the contents.

No injuries were reported to civilians or firefighters during the firefighting operations.