Cleveland Street fire destroys house

PIQUA — A Monday evening structure fire caused extensive damage to a home in Shawnee in Piqua. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Piqua Fire Department.

Piqua Fire units, along with Troy and Covington Fire Departments, responded to a home at 225 Cleveland St., which is at the intersection of Second Street, on Monday, Aug. 29, at 9:05 p.m. on the report of smoke coming from a home.

“The neighbors saw a lot of smoke coming out (of the home) and called it in,” said Piqua Fire Assistant Chief Tim Risner. “It was so smokey, the smoke engulfed the whole street; (we) almost couldn’t find the house upon arrival.”

Fire units learned the home, owned by Roger C. Niday, was currently unoccupied and began an interior attack on their arrival. Fire officers initiated a total recall and a tower truck that was requested from Troy Fire.

Powerful streams of water from a Piqua engine deck gun and the Troy aerial ladder, in addition to multiple hand-held lines, poured thousands of gallons into the structure.

Although the cause of the fire is currently undetermined, Risner said the origin of the fire appeared to come from the basement.

“We didn’t clear the scene until after 1 a.m.,” Risner said.

The house is a total loss, with damages set at $65,000 to the structure and approximately $50,000 to the contents.

Piqua Police also responded to assist at the scene.

No one was reported injured in the incident, including first responders.