Defiance home damaged by Friday fire, occupants displaced


Crews from four Defiance area departments responded to a city house fire early Friday morning.

Defiance Fire Department was initially called to a single-story home at 729 Washington Ave. at approximately 6:30 a.m. Upon arrival, heavy smoke was seen coming from the attic area of the home. Mutual aid was provided by Noble Township, Highland Township and South Richland fire departments.

The blaze was brought under control in less than two hours, though firefighters remained on the scene throughout the day in the event of the fire rekindling.

The home is owned by David and Jackie Saylor and rented by Paris Thacker. Two other adults were living in the home with Thacker, as well as pets. All occupants were able to get out of the home uninjured.

According to Capt. Ed Bohn of the Defiance Fire Department, the occupants of the home were awake at the time of the fire and smelled smoke. One of them reportedly went outside and saw the smoke on the exterior of the home.

The fire remains under investigation and the home sustained extensive damage -- approximately $50,000, according to Bohn.

The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross for housing alternatives.

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  • It is great to see the City's Safety Forces (Fire and Police) working together to help during a tragic event.