UPDATE: Fire destroys house in Belpre

Published: Jun. 27, 2021 at 7:32 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2021 at 4:49 PM EDT
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BELPRE, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 6/28/21 4:45 p.m.

A fire Sunday that destroyed a house in Belpre has been identified as the home of the owners of Mr. Bee Potato Chips.

This is what is left of Mary Anne and Doug Ketelsen’s house. The Ketelsen’s are the owners of Mr. Bee Potato Chips.

They say they were on vacation when they received a call that their house on beach drive in Belpre was on fire.

They quickly flew back home to find over 40 firefighters from little hocking, Belpre, Dunham, and Blennerhassett fire departments fighting the fire that engulfed their house.

The fire was reported by boaters who saw the flames while passing by.

It took the fire crews several hours to put out the fire.

Nobody was injured in the fire and the state fire marshal says it started in the back exterior part of the home.

There is no indication of any foul play and the cause is still under investigation.

The Ketelsen’s say they had many personal possessions lost in the fire but are grateful they have another place to live in Parkersburg.

they also say they are grateful for the firefighters who worked throughout Sunday night to put out the fire.

UPDATE: 6/27/21 10:50 P.M.

A fire Sunday evening destroyed a home in Belpre.

Firefighters were called to the house on the 2900 block of Beach Drive.

Heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the structure.

The homeowners were not home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

A total of 41 personnel Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department, Belpre Volunteer Fire Department, Blennerhassett Fire Department, and Dunham Volunteer Fire Department, responded to the scene.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

ORIGINAL: 6/27/21

Firefighters are battling a structure fire on Beach Drive in Belpre Sunday evening.

WTAP has a reporter on the scene who said there is significant smoke coming from the structure and she had seen flames coming from the home.

Belpre Volunteer Fire Department, Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department, and Dunham Township Volunteer Fire Department are all on the scene.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

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