(Griswold) A fire caused extensive damage to a Griswold home Thursday afternoon.
Griswold Fire Chief Jim Wyman says he was a block away when he saw black smoke billowing from the roof of the home at 305 Fourth Street. Wyman said he knew right away it was the home of a fellow fire fighter, Severn Ritter.
“It makes you feel bad because he is standing there very upset and nothing we can do but get to work,” stated Wyman. “It doesn’t look very good inside; I think the fire had been going for three or four hours.”
Chief Wyman says they were able to quickly knock down the fire which was currently being remodeled inside.
“We were dealing with an old house that had a lot of walls torn out and places where the fire could escape,” said Wyman. “It wasn’t like we had a solid room. It had been a remodeling project for him since he bought it four or five years ago and he wasn’t done.”
No one was inside the home when the fire started except for two family pets. The home owner entered the burning structure and rescued the two pets, a dog and a cat, before he went to the fire station.
Wyman says the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. He says the home is probably a total loss. “But it’s hard to tell these days because of the way these can be fixed.”
The Griswold Fire Department was assisted by Elliott Fire.
May 2, 2013