The Paulding Fire Department and EMS were paged out to a possible apartment fire above the old Three Brothers Restaurant, at 10:03 pm. Paulding Police arrived the on scene to smoke coming from the second floor. Residents in other apartments were evacuated from the two-story structure. Automatic aid from Antwerp and Payne Fire Departments assisted at the scene. The fire was contained to the one apartment, but smoke and water damage occurred in some of the other apartments. One of the residents was transported to the Paulding County Hospital for smoke inhalation. The person’s name is not being released at this time. The other displaced residents are either being cared for by the Red Cross or staying with friends.

The damage to the one apartment was substantial, but a dollar amount or cause of the fire is known at this time, it remains under investigation. A total of 22 firefighters from the three fire departments were on the scene for over two-and-a-half hours. Traffic was detoured around the courthouse square due to 5” supply hose laid from the hydrant at the corner of Williams and Perry St. Paulding EMS had both squads on the scene following the transport of the resident to the ER. The Van Wert CERT assisted at the scene, as did the Paulding County EMA. This was the first fire for the Paulding Firefighters to use their replacement aerial ladder truck. Ironically, the firefighters were training on the aerial ladder truck earlier in the evening.

(Information courtesy of Paulding County Emergency Management Agency)