Emergency responders on scene Monday night on Road 93 west of Paulding. Melinda Krick/Paulding County Progress
The scene of the explosion on Tuesday morning, showing damage to the structure. Melinda Krick/Paulding County Progress
By MELINDA KRICK
PAULDING – Four fire departments responded to a report of an explosion and fire in an airplane hangar Monday night.
At 9:05 p.m. Feb. 13, emergency responders from Paulding, Payne, Antwerp and Cecil departments were called to 11503 Road 93, one mile west of Paulding between Ohio 111 and Road 144. The property is owned by John “Jack” Webb. The emergency call was made by Anne Webb.
No injuries were reported.
Paulding Fire Chief Todd Weidenhamer said upon arrival, firefighters found the entire east end of the hangar building involved in flames. It didn’t take long to bring the blaze under control, then they had to battle hot spots and smoke. They were able to contain the fire to the building’s east end.
Responders remained until about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Four units from Paulding, four from Payne, three from Cecil/Crane Township, two from Antwerp and two sheriff’s deputies were present.
Some residents have said they heard more than one explosion. Weidenhamer said Jack Webb stated there was an explosion, probably from the airplane fuel.
The fire chief noted that they did not find a cause for the fire, but believes it was unintentional as nothing appeared suspicious.
Weidenhamer said the contents probably will be a total loss. Two airplanes, two boats, two cars and a camper were damaged or destroyed by fire, heat or smoke.
The hangar, although damaged, remains standing.
Law enforcement officers blocked off Road 93. No flames were visible from the main roads, but smoke blanketed the site.
The Red Cross Disaster Team also responded to the scene and provided canteen service to 30 firefighters.