Minerva structure fire spreads from outside to inside, leaving heavy damage and occupants displaced

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Chief Aaron Stoller of the Sandy Creek Joint Fire District reported that on Thursday at 4:45 p.m., authorities were alerted to a structure fire at 311 S Market in Minerva.

The incident involved a two-story wood frame building, with arriving crews encountering significant smoke and flames. Mutual aid was sought from Augusta Fire and Great Trail Fire departments.

The firefighters contained the blaze, spending approximately an hour and 15 minutes at the scene.

Initial investigations suggest the fire originated externally at the rear of the structure, gradually spreading inside, affecting the attic and second floor areas. Extensive smoke damage was visible throughout the house.

No injuries were reported.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is currently underway. The Red Cross was called upon to provide support to those impacted by the incident.