Bath Township home destroyed by fire

By Lance Mihm

February 9, 2014

BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath Township Fire Department responded to a 911 report of a house on fire at 2:21 a.m. Sunday at 4565 Harding Highway in Bath Township.

The owner of the 2,100-square-foot home, Nathan Offenbacher, was asleep at the time the fire started. Offenbacher reported to Fire Department officials that his fiancée, Devan Reiff, awoke to the smell of smoke. He further said that upon waking up he could see fire in a light fixture on the second floor of the home. Both occupants were able to exit the house and call 911.

Upon arrival, units observed heavy smoke and fire rolling from the attic area of the structure. Bath Township fire crews were assisted by the Perry, Lafayette, Harrod, and Westminster fire departments, who shuttled water to the scene with tanker trucks.

The upper story of the house was a total loss and the first floor and basement suffered water, heat, and smoke damage. The attached garage and the two vehicles inside were not damaged in the fire. Damage was estimated initially at $150,000. The structure and contents were fully insured according to Offenbacher.

Fire investigators said they believe the fire started in the area of a wood-burning fireplace with the exact cause being unknown late Sunday.

No occupants or firefighters were injured and Bath Township Fire Department crews remained on the scene for about four hours.