Fire destroys half-million dollar house

Bethel Township home a total loss

By Cecilia Fox -

BETHEL TOWNSHIP — A half-million dollar Bethel Township home was a total loss after a fire broke out Sunday afternoon.

When crews arrived at the house in the 8500 block of Wildcat Road, the fire was already intense, Bethel Township Fire Chief Andy Ehrhart said.

“By the time we got there, it was so far along we went right into defensive mode,” Ehrhart said, which means that firefighters did not enter the house and fought the flames from outside.

Crews battled the blaze for about six hours, Ehrhart said. The structure eventually collapsed into the basement.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

While the structure was a total loss, it was fortunate that no people or pets were in the home and there were no fire crews inside when the house collapsed, Ehrhart said.

“We can replace things, but we can’t replace people,” he added.

Multiple crews from Bethel Township, Clark County, as well as New Carlisle, Tipp City, Casstown, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base arrived on the scene with water tankers, as there is are water lines in the area to tap into.

Ehrhart noted that fire crews had a tough time getting the tankers back to the property, which has a long driveway.

The home was purchased by the current owners in 2009 for $625,000, according to county online property records.

Bethel Township home a total loss

By Cecilia Fox

Reach Cecilia Fox at or at (937) 552-2205.

Reach Cecilia Fox at or at (937) 552-2205.