A few Lima firefighters suffered minor injuries while attempting to fight flames that fully engulfed a home on Madison Avenue this morning.
Lima Fire Department responded to 902 Madison Ave. on Lima’s south side around 5:30 a.m. in reference to flames shooting out of the two-story house.
Battalion Chief Greg Kirkendall said not even five minutes after firefighters entered the residence, part of the roof collapsed in, resulting in some falls and minor injuries for a few firefighters.
A resident was home at the time of the fire, Kirkendall said. He did not have smoke detectors, but he awoke, saw the flames, quickly evacuated and called the fire department.
The fire was believed to have been started by a wood burner the resident had lit around 1 a.m. this morning, Kirkendall said. The home was a total loss.
Fire officials were still working on the structure to see if it was stable enough to re-enter around 8 a.m.