Friday, July 05, 2002

Two killed in Fostoria fire

The Associated Press

        FOSTORIA, Ohio — A fire destroyed a 150-year-old downtown apartment building Thursday, killing two people inside, firefighters said.

        Two bodies were pulled from the remains of the three-story Doeshire Inn, a converted hotel where about 50 people lived, Fostoria fire Capt. Jim Walters said.

        The bodies had not been identified, he said.

        Three children and an adult were treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation, and a firefighter suffered from dehydration, fire officials said.

        The fire started about 1:30 a.m. and gutted the apartment building, Walters said. The adjoining Doug's Tavern suffered severe smoke and water damage, he said.

        The state fire marshal's office and the Fostoria Fire Department are investigating.

        Doeshire Inn owner Lloyd Doe says the building, which he purchased in 1978, will be demolished.

        The building is considered to be a Fostoria landmark. It's in the center of downtown, one block from Fostoria's municipal building.


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