CHESTER — Numerous area fire departments were called to a structure fire on Wednesday evening at a residence along Ohio 7 in Chester.
Chester Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dave Edwards said that firefighters from Chester, Tuppers Plains, Reedsville (Olive Twp.) and Bashan were called to the house.
The residence is owned by Dan and Lisa Short. The family was not inside the residence at the time of the fire and no one was injured.
Edwards said that one member of the family had been out feeding cattle and returned to see the fire.
The cause of the fire is unknown according to Edwards, but is not suspicious. The State Fire Marshal’s Office was not called in.
With the house considered a total loss, Edwards said the family is staying with other family members.
Donations of clothing items are being collected for the family and can be dropped off at the residence of Carrie Morrissey Schagel at 39315 State Route 7, Reedsville (at the top of Eastern hill). Items may be left on the porch. Sizes for the family are as follows: boys 7-8; boys shoes size 4; men’s medium, men’s shoe size 11; women’s pants size 16 and 18; women’s XL tops; women’s shoe size 10; men’s 3XLshirts, 52/30 pants and shoe size 14.