Church educational building catches fire, 2 children treated for smoke inhalation

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HICKSVILLE, Ohio (WANE) — The Ohio State Fire Marshals Office is working to find out what caused a fire that broke out at an education building at a Catholic church in Hicksville early Wednesday evening.

The Defiance County 911 Center got a phone call shortly after 6:30 p.m. indicating flames were visible at St. Michael’s Catholic Church located at 100 Antwerp Drive. The Hicksville Fire Department and the Sherwood Fire Department arrived at the church and were able to get the fire under control within 30 minutes.

The fire was in an education building apart from the church, WANE 15 has learned.

An education building at St. Michael Catholic Church is shown after a fire Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.

Office Manager of St. Michael’s Susie Smalley says about 50 students and teachers were inside at the time of the fire.

“Our coordinator, Deano Smalley was in his office, and heard a “boom!” And went around in the next hallway, there’s a bathroom. And there was three people in the classroom adjacent to that bathroom, a teacher and two 7th grade boys. And he saw flames in the bathroom,” says Smalley.

Two juveniles were treated at the scene for possible smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

The news release from the Hicksville Police Department did not indicate the extent of the damage.

Smalley says programs held inside the education building would be moved to other places. Mass will go on as planned.

Hicksville EMS and the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

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