On January 18, 2021, at 06:30 p.m., the Sidney Department of Fire and Emergency Services received a report of a house fire located 312 Fifth Avenue. 911-Dispatch advised that the structure was fully involved with fire.
The first units on scene reported heavy fire to the rear of the structure. The occupants of the structure were found outside of the structure and reported that no one was in the structure. Police on scene removed a pet from the structure, but unfortunately the pet did not survive.
Firefighters utilized a transitional attack by first extinguishing fire from the exterior of the structure and then entering to complete extinguishment. A search of the structure confirmed that no other pets or occupants were in the structure. DP&L secured the electric to the structure and Vectren locked out the gas meter.
No injuries occurred to any civilians or firefighters during the incident. Damage is estimated at $60,000 to the structure and $20,000 to the contents. Mutual aid was received from Anna and Lockington Fire Departments and Perry-Port Salem EMS. The Sidney Fire Department Investigation Unit has ruled the fire as undermined at this time.