Bath Township Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire located at 1022 N. McCullough St., Lima, Ohio, in Bath Township at 4:05 A.M. on 6/6/21.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed heavy smoke and fire coming from the side of the house with a vehicle parked close to the home which was also involved.
The house is owned by Anthony Davis of Lima, Ohio who was not home at the time of the fire.

The house suffered heat and smoke damage throughout.

It is unknown if the property is insured. Fire department officials estimate the damage at 5,000.00 to the contents and $20,000.00 to the structure.

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 cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation. Anyone with information about the fire is urged to call the department at 419-221-0550.

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

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The Board of Trustees of Bath Township have announced that they plan to supplement their current law enforcement protection contract with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office this summer by adding additional deputies during specific dates and times to help deter criminals by having a greater police presence throughout the township.

Although already a safe community, crimes such as thefts from vehicles, home break ins, and vandalism tend to trend upward in the summer months. Therefore, the Board is taking this proactive approach.

Bath residents are reminded to keep their vehicles locked, have their homes lit at night, and most importantly, report any suspicious activity to the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.

Mr. Sielschott will be available for in-person media interviews to answer questions and/or make further comment, upon request.


Contact information:
Robert Sielschott, Township Trustee: 419-222-2001
Sheriff Matt Treglia 419-227-3535

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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 3, 2021. 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

Bath Township Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire located at 4890 Stewart Rd., Lima, Ohio, in Bath Township at 12:33 P.M. on 4/3/21.


Upon arrival, firefighters observed heavy smoke and flames coming from the front of the home.


The house is a mobile home owned by Troy and Lori Hooks. Lori and their adult son were home at the time of the fire and escaped with their dog. Lori was treated at the scene for minor injuries.


The house suffered significant damage throughout and is a complete loss. Chief Joseph Kitchen stated that winds at the time were approximately 20mph and hindered extinguishment efforts.


Fire department officials estimate the damage at $10,000 to the contents and $25,000.00 to the structure. Additional damage was done to four vehicles and two motorcycles. The owner does not have insurance.


No occupants or fire department personnel were injured. Lima Fire Department, American Township Fire Department, Beaverdam-Richland Fire Department, and Cairo-Monroe Township Fire Department were called to the scene for automatic aid.


The Allen County Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the family.


The cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation.


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

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The Bath Township Fire Department is pleased to announce that they have received $26,419.05 in funding from the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

The funds will be used to replace a portion of the department’s fire hose and firefighting nozzles. The department plans to upgrade and modernize their hose and nozzle capabilities. This new equipment will replace older hose and nozzle inventory, some dating back to the early 1990’s.

Chief Joe Kitchen said, “This grant will allow us to procure much needed equipment to help our personnel to do their jobs as quickly and efficiently as possible. When seconds matter, this equipment could make all the difference.”

The Department of Homeland Security is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.)

Contact information:
Joseph L. Kitchen, Bath Township Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

September 1, 2020

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Bath Township Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire located at 1203 N. McKinley St., Lima, Ohio, in Bath Township at 2:46 P.M. on 8/20/20.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed smoke coming from the eves of the home.

The house is a two unit rental property owned by Sam Owsley of Lima, Ohio and is being rented by Tia Legg who was not home at the time of the fire.

The house suffered heat and smoke damage throughout, with the majority of the fire damage contained to one bedroom.

Fire department officials estimate the damage at $1,000.00 to the contents and $5,000.00 to the structure. The owner does not have insurance on the house and the renter does not have insurance on the contents.

The property No occupants or fire department personnel were injured. Lima Fire Department and American Township Fire Department were called to the scene for mutual aid.

The Allen County Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the family.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation.

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

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Bath Township Fire Department responded to a structure fire located at
1250 Neubrecht Road, Lima, Ohio, in Bath Township at 9:58 P.M., on 8/2/20. This address is the location of the Roadway Inn Motel.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed smoke and flames coming from a second story stairwell.

The stairwell and the immediate area suffered heat, smoke, and water damage. Smoke from the fire filled the second story hallways. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to fully extinguish the fire which was reported by an employee who dialed 9-1-1.

Hotel occupants had evacuated prior to arrival of the fire department.

The property is owned by Mike Patel dba OM Sheev LLC of Lima, Ohio.
No fire department personnel or hotel guests were injured.

The fire department estimates damage to the structure in the amount of $10,000. The cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation.

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

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Bath Township Fire Chief Joseph Kitchen has been reelected to a three year term on the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association Board of Directors. 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, information exchange, and peer networking opportunities.

Kitchen has been a member of the Association since 2002 and serves on multiple committees and work groups.

Contact information:
Joseph L. Kitchen, Bath Township Fire Chief: 419-221-0550

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May 28, 2020
Bath Township Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at the Dana Corporation this morning at 9:45 A.M. The plant is located at 777 Bible Road, Lima, Ohio, in Bath Township.

Upon arrival, units observed light smoke coming from the building through doors at the ground level.

Dana Corporation management and security staff had evacuated the entire plant due to the fire prior to the arrival of the fire department. Bath firefighters along with Dana maintenance employees and the Lima Fire Department were able to get the fire under control within about 30 minutes. The fire was located in a furnace which is used as part of their manufacturing process. The plant sprinkler system had activated as well.
A damage estimate was not available at the time of this release pending an investigation by Dana officials.

No Dana Corporation employees or fire department personnel were injured.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental and is not suspicious.

Firefighters were on the scene for about two hours.

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