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Fire Destroys Home In Buckland

December 20, 2011

BUCKLAND — A Buckland woman was injured as she tried to save her dog from a fire that engulfed her home early this morning.

The dog perished in the fire and Becky Krites, 45, who suffered burns from trying to save him, was transported by Cridersville EMS to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima and then transferred to Columbus for further treatment.

“It looks like she was injured trying to get back in to get the dog out,” Buckland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Todd Vorhees said of the former Buckland Village Council member.

A male, who also was in the home at the time of the fire, escaped without injury, Vorhees said. He declined to provide his name.

No one else was in the home at 101 High St., Buckland, when it caught fire shortly after 1:30 a.m. today. It was fully engulfed when the first firefighters arrived at the scene a few minutes later.

The two-story home, which is owned by Hannah Krites, is a loss.

“It had a huge jump on us,” Vorhees said. “Smoke covered the entire village and when we pulled up fire was coming out of every window.”

The fire remains under investigation by the Buckland Fire Department, the State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.

Vorhees said a cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.

Assisting at the scene were units from the Cridersville Fire Department, Spencerville Fire Department, Wapakoneta Fire Department, New Knoxville Fire Department and the St. Marys City Fire Department. Approximately 50 firefighters were at the scene fighting the blaze.

Buckland has no water source for fire hydrants, so Vorhees said they needed tanks from other departments brought in to help fight the fire.

“The big thing is we just appreciate all the help we got from surrounding departments,” Vorhees said.

“Without all their help it would have been hard to pull off a scene like this.Even though the house was a total loss, the fire did not spread to any surrounding structures."

No estimated value was available yet on the loss of the house.

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