Fire63805A home on Otter Road, northeast of Trenton, sustained extensive damage after a fire broke out shortly after noon on Jan. 3. Firefighters arrived to find smoke emitting from all sides and both levels of the two-story residence. No one was in the house when the fire started, and, in spite of freezing temperatures and icy conditions, no injuries were reported.    Sugar Creek firefighters were paged to a residence on Otter Road in Trenton last Wednesday afternoon for a structure fire.
    Sugar Creek Fire Chief Steve Davis said that the fire department was paged at 12:20 p.m. on Jan. 3 to a residence on Otter Road, northeast of Trenton.
    “Upon arrival, there was smoke visible on all sides of the home and on both levels of the residence,” said Davis.
    He said that no occupants were home at the time, but a resident was outside in the back, cutting wood, where he had been since earlier that morning.
    “When he returned home, he saw smoke on all sides of the home, and called 911,” he said.
    Aviston, Breese and St. Rose fire departments provided mutual aid for Sugar Creek Fire Department. They had also called Lebanon Fire Department for extra manpower.
    Davis said that most of the fire was burning on the floor joists of the home and had spread to the attic. Firefighters were able to pull the ceiling down and extinguish  the fire.
    While the cause of the fire remains unknown, Davis said it had originated on the first floor of the home, east of the front door.
    Last Wednesday’s weather conditions were bitterly cold, with temperatures below freezing.
    Davis said the cold weather proved to be challenging, especially since area lakes and ponds were frozen over, and they could not use those for water access.
    “We had to truck water from fire hydrants in town,” he said, adding that the water would freeze relatively quickly.
    In addition, he said, it was also challenging because of freezing water on rooftops and doors, causing  slippery conditions.
    “Luckily, there were no injuries,” he said.
    Firefighters remained on scene for about three hours, leaving the scene at approximately 3:40 p.m. The home received extensive damage.
    Davis wanted to thank the assisting agencies that helped with the blaze — Aviston, Breese, St. Rose and Lebanon — and Sugar Creek Ambulance and Clinton County Emergency Management Agency, who provided warming stations and shelter for the firefighters.

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