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Garage fire destroys home on Indian Ridge Trail
The home of a Rossford family was destroyed last week following a fire in their garage at 435 Indian Ridge Trail.
Firefighters were called at 4:55 p.m. August 25 to the blaze at the residence owned by Steve and Amy Horvath.
When they arrived at the scene, there was heavy smoke pouring from the attached garage, Assistant Fire Chief Ryan Stautzenbach said.
Firefighters from Northwood, Perrysburg, Perrysburg Township, Lake Township and Washington Township assisted.
“It was hot out, and our crews were getting very tired,” Assistant Chief Stautzenbach said.
It took them about 45 minutes to an hour to get the fire under control, he said.
A Northwood firefighter was transported to Bay Park Hospital for heat exhaustion, and he has recovered, according to the assistant chief.
No one was home at the time of the blaze, but the family dog died, he added.
The department was at the scene until about 10 p.m.
“They had quite a bit of stuff in the garage,” Assistant Chief Stautzenbach explained. “And the roof of the garage fell straight in and trapped everything underneath.”
The public works department helped spread the materials with a backhoe so they could be extinguished, he added.
Assistant Chief Stautzenbach estimated damage at $230,000 for the contents and structure.
“It was a total loss,” he said.
The fire spread into the second floor of the house, and the home suffered significant smoke and water damage.
One car and a motorcycle were in the garage, where the fire started.
However, the state fire marshal’s investigation could not determine a cause of the fire.
Assistant Chief Stautzenbach explained that a children’s playroom was built into the garage and that was likely where the fire originated.
“Nothing is suspicious, and arson is not involved,” he said.
The assistant chief was pleased by the cooperation of the departments at the scene.
“Our crews did a very good job of keeping it contained,” he said. “There was a lot of fire and debris.”
He also thanked the Maumee and Toledo firefighters who manned the Rossford station during that time.
To assist the family and their two special needs children, the City of Rossford is accepting donations for the Horvaths at the municipal building, 133 Osborn Street.
Checks can be made payable to Amy Petersen Horvath.
Also, a donation drive will take place at the Rossford Community Recreation Center from 8:30 to noon on Saturday, August 27, and anything that anyone would like to give would be appreciated.

Firefighters from Rossford, Perrysburg, Perrysburg Township, Northwood, Lake Township and Washington Township responded to the fire on August 25.


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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.

Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.

The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.

Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.

The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.

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