A ruling by the Ohio Fire Marshal’s office on the cause of a fire that destroyed a restaurant at the Stony Ridge Inn, Latcha Road, was expected by last Thursday.
Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer described the fire as “suspicious” in origin and said Thursday afternoon that the Fire Marshal told him an announcement was pending.
He said someone at the nearby motel and passersby reported the fire about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday.
The kitchen area of the restaurant was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
Seven area fire departments responded and were able to get the blaze under control in about two hours but were at the scene for several more hours to battle “hot spots,” the chief said.
“The restaurant is completely destroyed,” Chief Hummer said. “The bar and banquet areas suffered water and smoke damage.”
Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms have also been called in to assist with the investigation.
One firefighter was slightly injured when he slipped on ice, the chief said, but there were no serious injuries reported.
In addition to the Lake Township Fire Department, crews from the Northwood City Fire Department, Allen-Clay Joint Fire District, Troy Township Fire Department, Perrysburg Township Fire Department, Harris-Elmore Fire Department, and the Pemberville Freedom Fire Department also responded.