CORNING — A fully-involved structure fire occurred last Thursday in the Village of Corning during the late evening.
There were no injuries reported after the fire was extinguished.
The Corning Volunteer Fire Department responded to the structure fire on Lenert Street around 11:50 p.m. last Thursday night, along with fire departments from Glouster, Shawnee, New Lexington and Crooksville.
“Usually, when it is fully involved, that means there’s flames shooting out of everything,” New Lexington Fire Department Chief Jim Fain told The Perry County Tribune. “When we got there, it was a completely defensive fire.”
The home that was ablaze is currently owned by John Paul Altier, who owns several other homes in the village. The property had been empty for three to four weeks prior to the fire. There were no injuries reported after the fire was extinguished.
A Corning VFD representative stated that it is unclear how the fire was started. The department was in contact with fire marshal, Alan Flickey, to asses the situation. Damage the property sustained made it difficult to make a clear conclusion to how the fire was started.
“The house was a total loss,” Chief Fain said.
While the gas to the home was shut off, electricity to the building was still on prior to the property being on fire. The Corning VFD had to contact AEP in order to shut the electricity off in the building.
It is unknown whether electricity was the reason for the fire.
The fire was fully extinguished around 4 a.m. the next day.