The Bath Township Fire Department will hold its annual awards dinner and ceremony tonight, December 9, 2022, at 6:45 P.M. at Union Chapel Missionary Church (St. Rt. 81/ Thayer Rd).

Commendation awards will be presented to Bath Township personnel, such as Firefighter of the Year, EMS Provider of the Year, etc.

This year’s firefighter of the year is Platoon Chief Jared Jenkins. Jared began his career with Bath Township in October of 2006. His fellow firefighters nominated him due to his commitment to training, education, and professional development. Additionally, they noted that he is very dedicated to the safety of his crew. Jared’s coworkers also noted the high standards he sets for himself and his dedication to our department. The keynote speaker will be Beth Seibert, Allen County Commissioner.



Contact person: Joseph Kitchen, Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

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Bath Township Fire Department responded to a report of a residential structure fire at 2604 Lost
Creek Blvd., Lima, Ohio, in Bath Township at 2:25 P.M. on November 10, 2022.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed heavy smoke coming from a shed which was attached to the
rear of a garage. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to contain the fire.

The owner, James Schmenk, who was home at the time, was able to escape. No occupants were
injured.

The house suffered moderate damage to the attached garage and attic.

The homeowner reported that the property is insured. Fire department officials estimate the
damage at $1,000.00 to the contents and $10,000.00 to the structure.

Firefighters were on the scene for about one hour. The fire is not suspicious and remains under
investigation for an exact cause. Investigators believe the fire started outside due to maintenance
being conducted by the owner prior to the fire.

No fire department personnel were injured.

Contact person: Joseph Kitchen, Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

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Bath Township Fire Department responded to a report of a residential structure fire at 510 S.
Cool Road, Lima, Ohio, in Bath Township at 12:56 A.M. on November 10, 2022.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed heavy smoke and fire coming from the two-car attached
garage area. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to contain the fire.

The owner, was who was home at the time, was alerted by a passerby of the fire and was able to
escape. No occupants were injured.

The house suffered heavy damage to the attached garage.

The homeowner reported that the property is insured. Fire department officials estimate the
damage at $5,000.00 to the contents and $75,000.00 to the structure.

Firefighters were on the scene for about three hours. The fire is not suspicious and remains under
investigation for an exact cause. Investigators believe the fire started in a shed behind the house
which spread to the garage.

No fire department personnel were injured. Lima Fire Department was called to the scene for
mutual aid, along with Perry Township, Lafayette Jackson Township, and Westminster which
provided tanker assistance for water supply.

Contact person: Joseph Kitchen, Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

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On Thursday, July 21, 2022, Bath Township Fire Chief Joseph Kitchen was sworn is as President-Elect of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association.

The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association is a statewide organization supporting the interests of Ohio’s fire chief officers. Through a variety of programs and services, the Association provides education and professional development, legislative advocacy, communication and information exchange, and peer networking opportunities for Ohio’s fire service leaders.

Kitchen begins a two-year term immediately, and will automatically assume the position of President in 2024. He has been a member of the organization since 2002 and has served in multiple and various roles with the Association.

Contact person: Joseph Kitchen, Bath Township Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

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Bath Township Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at the Shoreline Apartments
2250-2280 E. Elm St., on Thursday, June 22, 2022 at 2:48 P.M. The apartments are owned by
Brad and Wanda Augsburger of Lima.

Upon arrival, units observed very heavy smoke and flames coming from unit 2272 with several
other units already heavily involved.

It took firefighters over two hours to bring the fire under control with assistance from the
following departments: American Township, City of Lima, Perry Township, Cairo-Monroe
Township, and Lafayette-Jackson Township. (Additional firefighters were called in due to the
mid-90 degree temperatures.)

A preliminary damage estimate of $450,000 has been set by the fire department. In all, six units
suffered fire damage and one suffered water damage only.

No occupants or firefighters were injured. Multiple residents are being assisted by the American
Red Cross.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental and remains under investigation.

Units remained on scene for about four hours.

Contact person: Joseph Kitchen, Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

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Bath Township Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at the Ford Motor Company,
Lima Engine Plant on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 9:33 P.M. The plant is located at 1155 Bible
Road, Lima, Ohio.

Upon arrival, units observed smoke coming from the building through doors on the Sugar Street
side of the plant. The building’s fire protection system activated and the majority of the fire was
extinguished by the sprinkler system.

The Ford Motor Company’s Emergency Response Team had evacuated the plant due to the fire.
Bath firefighters along with Ford employees were able to get the fire under totally control within
about 30 minutes. The Lima Fire Dept. and American Twp. Fire Dept. were called to assist.

A damage estimate was not available at the time of this release pending an investigation by Ford
officials.

No Ford employees or firefighters were injured.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental and remains under investigation.

Units remained on scene for about two and half hours.

Contact person: Joseph Kitchen, Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

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Bath Township Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 105 Plaza Way, Lima,
Ohio, in Bath Township at 5:42 P.M. on 5/31/22.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed heavy smoke and fire coming from the front porch and garage
area. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to contain the fire.

The house is owned by Joe Sexton who was home at the time of the fire, along with other family
members. No occupants were injured.

The house suffered heavy damage to the front porch, kitchen, and garage.

The homeowner reported that the property is insured. Fire department officials estimate the
damage at 20,000.00 to the contents and $60,000.00 to the structure.

Firefighters were on the scene for about one hour. The fire is not suspicious and remains under
investigation for an exact cause.

No fire department personnel were injured. Lima Fire Department, Perry Township Fire
Department, and American Township Fire Department were called to the scene for mutual aid.

The family is being assisted by the Red Cross.

Contact person: Joseph Kitchen, Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

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Bath Township Fire Department personnel will be conducting spring fire hydrant maintenance and flushing on all township hydrants beginning Monday, May 9, 2022. Testing will last about three weeks.


Residents may notice discoloration of water when the flushing takes place in their neighborhood. If you experience a discoloration of water, turn on your plumbing fixtures until the water runs clear. It is best to run an outdoor fixture, or a cold-water tap in a laundry tub or bathtub first until the water runs clear and then run water from other fixtures.


The fire department realizes that hydrant flushing may cause some inconvenience, however, the flushing program is necessary to maintain a good water supply for firefighting and to ensure that the hydrants are in good working order. The community’s cooperation with the annual fire hydrant flushing program is appreciated.


Contact information:
Joseph L. Kitchen, Bath Township Fire Chief: 419-221-0550
Denny Wilkins, Road Supervisor: 419-221-1797

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The Bath Township Fire Department and Bath High School Interact Club will hold its bi-annual
Mock Crash for prom and graduation awareness on Friday, April 29th, 2022, at 9:00 A.M. at Bath
High School. The program, which began in 1995, has become a tradition for all BHS juniors and
seniors.

Additional agencies participating include: Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center and Life
Flight, Lima Memorial Health System, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Allen County Sheriff’s
Office, Chiles Laman Funeral Home, Cairo Auto Barn, and the Lima-Allen County Safe
Community Coalition.

The goal of this program is to educate students and the community about the horrible
consequences of distracted and impaired driving. Fire, EMS, and law enforcement officials will
recreate an automobile accident, using students as victims with as much realism as possible.
The scenario will include a “DOA”, an arrested “distracted and impaired driver”, and two
critically injured victims in need of medical care.

Chief Joe Kitchen stated, “It is our hope that the students have a safe and memorable prom and
graduation season, free of accidents, injuries, and tragedy related to making poor decisions.”

Bath High School Interact Advisor Missy Vandemark said, “The students in our club care about
their fellow classmates and want to highlight the potential serious consequences of both impaired
and distracted driving. We believe that this mock crash is one of our most important activities.”


Note: Bible Road, in the area of the Bath Local Schools campus will be closed for about 20
minutes to through traffic.


Contact:
Joseph L. Kitchen, Fire Chief – 419-221-0550
Missy Vandemark, Bath High School Interact – (419) 221-0807

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Bath Township Fire Department responded to a report of a mobile home on fire at 2145 N. Dixie Hwy. Lot #49, Lima, Ohio, in Bath Township at 1:13 A.M.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the mobile home heavily involved with fire and smoke showing.

The mobile home is rented by Mark Kuglarz and is owned by Best Deal Rentals LLC, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. No one was home at time of the fire and there were no injuries. None of the parties reported having insurance.

Chief Joseph Kitchen estimates the damage to Lot #49 to be $7,000 to the structure and $3,000 to the contents.

No fire department personnel were injured. Lima Fire Department, Beaverdam/Richland Twp. Fire Department, and Perry Twp. Fire Department assisted at the scene of the fire.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and remains under investigation.

Firefighters were on the scene for about three hours. The tenants are being assisted by the Allen County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Contact person: Joseph Kitchen, Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

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