A former restaurant east of Chillicothe, known as the Catfish Place, was the scene of a major fire early this morning.
With evidence discovered at the property, it's a fire that involves an investigation including a representative of the state fire marshal's office. Chillicothe Police received a call before 1 a-m of smoke or steam coming from the building that has an address of 13-30 Birch Drive but is located
on the north side of U-S Highway 36.
Upon arrival, Chillicothe firefightersâ€”and those responding from Wheeling-- reported heavy smoke coming from the eves of the building. Information from the Chillicothe fire department indicates the nearby hydrant was found to be â€śdeadâ€ť with no water available. The department then requested a tankers from Chillicothe, Utica, Brookfield, and Chula. The Trenton fire department stood by during the early morning hours at Chillicothe to provide fire protection coverage to that community.
Firefighters entered the structure through a door on the north side. The tankers shuttled water to a portable tank. Vent holes were cut in the roof, ceilings were pulled, eves and siding were pulled off, and the fire was extinguished. Foam was used to put out any further hot spots.
The report noted property damage at an estimated 75 thousand dollars and contents at ten thousand dollars. The owner of the structure was listed as Zack Kincaid but no address was given in the written report released to the media.
The report stated officials noted foot prints in the snow going to a north side door which was found by police to be Unlocked and cracked open. Firefighters also stated a strong odor of fuel was noticed throughout the building. A fuel can was found inside as well as a bottle with a wick in it. In addition, tracks from a motor vehicle were noticed on both the north and south sides of the former Catfish Place.
The Chillicothe police department was described as at the scene prior to the fire fighters arriving and were quoted as also noting what can be considered evidence for an investigation. Chillicothe firemen left the scene about 4:30 this morning.
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