At 7:05 p.m. on February 11, 2022, Sidney Department of Fire and Emergency Services crews were dispatched to 121 & 123 Shelby Street for a structure fire.
On arrival, firefighters found a two-story, two-family residence with heavy fire showing from the side of the residence on the first floor. It was initially reported that there may have been people trapped in the structure.
Firefighters initiated a transitional attack to extinguish some of the fire from the exterior as crews prepared to enter the structure to search. Firefighters then entered the structure and completed a coordinated search and fire attack to complete extinguishment. Search crews confirmed that there was no one in the structure at the time of the fire. Complete extinguishment took a couple of hours and significant man power as fire was found in numerous void spaces in the building.
The loss to the property owned by T & B Martin Properties, LLC is estimated at $80,000 and $15,000 to contents.
A Box Alarm was dispatched to recall all off-duty Sidney firefighters as well as Anna and Lockington Fire Department. Anna Rescue Squad provided mutual aid to handle a medical call while all Sidney crews were committed to the fire incident. The Sidney/Shelby County Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services provided canteen service to on scene personnel.
There were no reported injuries to civilians or fire personnel.
CenterPoint Energy was called to the scene to secure the gas and AES to secure the power.
The fire is undetermined at this time and is under investigation by the Sidney Fire Department Fire Investigation Unit.