A weekend fire that razed a home west of Alger is believed to have claimed the life of a rural Alger man.
According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, HCSO dispatch received a call at 4:21 p.m. on Sunday alerting emergency responders to a residential fire at 532 County Road 80. The caller informed dispatch that someone may have been entrapped in the home.
Firefighters with the Alger, Ada, Forest, Harrod, Kenton, Belle Center and Roundhead Fire Departments and EMTs from Alger, Ada and Dunkirk responded to the scene where the home was fully engulfed. At the time of the blaze, the whereabouts of the home’s owner, Hugh Reis, 65, was unknown.
Early Monday afternoon, with the assistance of K9 units from Buckeye Search and Rescue, Reis’ body was discovered buried in rubble in the crawlspace below the home’s collapsed kitchen. The body was sent to the The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, Dayton, for an autopsy.
The fire remains under investigation by the Alger Fire Department, the HCSO, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification and the Hardin County Fire and Explosion Investigation Team.
Also assisting with the investigation and at the scene were the Hardin County Crime Task Force, Ohio Highway Patrol aircraft, Hardin County Coroner’s Office and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Volunteers in Police Service.