Hillsboro home damaged by fire Thursday night


Blaze blocked West Main Street for more than 2 hours

By Jeff Gilliland - jgilliland@timesgazette.com



Firefighters search for the origin of a fire Thursday night at the rear of a residence at 835 W. Walnut St. in Hillsboro.

Firefighters search for the origin of a fire Thursday night at the rear of a residence at 835 W. Walnut St. in Hillsboro.


Jeff Gilliland | The Times-Gazette

West Main Street was closed for more than two hours, but damage to a home caused by a fire Thursday night was minimal, according to Lt. Branden Jackman of the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District.

Jackman said his district received a call reporting the fire at 835 W. Walnut St. in Hillsboro at 8:54 p.m. He said that upon arrival firefighters found smoke showing from the back side of the residence, but the actual fire was located in the crawl space beneath the house, causing firefighters access issues.

“The crews did a good job to put a stop on it,” Jackman said. “The fire was in a bad spot to get to and they had to cut access from outside the house and through the kitchen floor.”

The home was owned by Jerry Walker.

Jackman said the cause of the fire was undetermined as of Friday afternoon. But he said there was no indication that it was suspicious.

Due to the type of fire, and because electric service to the house had to be isolated, the family was displaced, Jackman said.

He said West Main Street remained closed until 11 or 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Paint Creek received mutual aid from the fire departments in Marshall, Lynchburg and Leesburg.

Firefighters cleared the scene at 2:03 a.m.

Reach Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522.

Firefighters search for the origin of a fire Thursday night at the rear of a residence at 835 W. Walnut St. in Hillsboro.
https://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2019/03/web1_Fire-pic.jpgFirefighters search for the origin of a fire Thursday night at the rear of a residence at 835 W. Walnut St. in Hillsboro. Jeff Gilliland | The Times-Gazette
Blaze blocked West Main Street for more than 2 hours

By Jeff Gilliland

jgilliland@timesgazette.com