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Fire Destroys Historic Home

Last updated on Wednesday, August 22, 2012

(NEWBERRY) - Four area fire departments responded to a Monday night fire in an abandoned house in Newberry.

Nick Schneider of the Greene County Daily World reports that a fire at a vacant home at Fourth and Union streets was reported at 11:04 a.m.

The blaze engulfed the older home before the fire units arrived. Volunteer Firefighters from Newberry, Richland-Taylor Township, Scotland, Elnora and Odon battled the blaze.

There were several explosions, caused by stored combustible materials, when the fire was at its peak. There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The historic house, which is more than 100 years old, once served as the residence for Felix and Anna Sappenfield, who operated a funeral home in town for many years.

However, the two-story frame house, built in the late 1800s, was vacant and recently served as a storage location for the current owners - Fred Neidigh, Amanda Neidigh and David Gilley.

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