Fire destroys Town & Country Disposal building in Fostoria

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
33 total firefighters and EMTs responded to the fire at Town & Country Disposal on Monday night. The building and its contents are considered a total loss. Fostoria, Milford and Spencer Fire Departments, along with Clay County Deputies and Clay County officials, assisted on site during the fire.
Photo courtesy of Dewey Stouffer

Fire departments from Fostoria and Spencer were called at about 10 p.m. Monday night to a large fire that engulfed a building owned by Town & Country Disposal.

The garbage collection company located on the north end of Fostoria has frontage road access near U.S. Highway 71. Fostoria Fire Department Chief Kim Kroger thinks the fire started in the north to northwest portion of the building. The building served as a shop, office and garage area for the company’s trucks.

Kroger said he knew he needed more help as his department arrived. Milford Fire and Rescue was called in to assist.

“I called out for more manpower and water,” Kroger said. “The building was totally engulfed when we arrived on scene. We attacked the fire and got it under control.”

The building and three trucks inside are considered a total loss, but firefighters were able to pull another seven trucks away from the outside of the burning building.

“There wasn't a whole lot we could do interior-wise," Kroger said. "We did get an excavator in from Clay County that helped us tear into the building so we could gain access to the fire."

Thirty-three firefighters, EMTs, Clay County Deputies and Clay County officials were on scene. The fire chief does not know what may have sparked the fire.

"At this time (the cause) is undetermined, it does look accidental,” the fire chief said. “It's going to be under investigation for awhile. The building is unsafe to enter at this point.”

Spencer and Milford firefighters were released from the scene at about 1 a.m. Members of Fostoria’s volunteer department remained at the site – aside from short breaks – until 6 a.m. No one was hurt but at least one fire chief was likely tired.

“I haven’t been to bed yet,” Kroger said at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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