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Miami County home burns

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com

A Denver family lost their home to a fire Saturday evening.

The home, located at 3131 West 800 North, is likely to be considered a total loss, according to Denver Fire Department Chief Steve Hagan.

 Hagan said the fire is believed to have started in the shed and quickly spread to the house that was approximately 25 feet away. The Denver fire department received the call at 6:13 p.m. about the shed being on fire and by the time they arrived on scene at 6:23 p.m. the fire had engulfed the house in flames, as well.

“It was in the house before we arrived on scene,” Hagan said.

Property owners, Steve and Linda Maus, Russiaville, were renting the home to Melanie Sucharski and her three children. Sucharski’s teenage son was the only one home when the fire started, but he got out safely when a neighbor stopped by and alerted him to the fire in the shed.

According to Hagan, the blaze took the Denver Fire Department, along with assistance from the Macy, Twelve Mile and Roann fire departments, about four hours to put the fire out.

The Denver Fire Department left the scene at 10:18 p.m., Hagan said.

Denver firefighters had to return to the residence Monday afternoon when debris from the shed reportedly began rekindling.

The fire reportedly severely damaged the home, and the back end of the house was totally destroyed.

Hagan said the rest of the house still standing has severe smoke, water, and heat damage.

Hagan and Steve Maus believe the house can’t be salvaged, but the Maus’s are waiting to hear word from their insurance adjuster about the state of the home.

According to Steve and Linda Maus, the property has been in the Maus family for nearly 150 years.

According to the Maus family, the house was built in 1892 and is a cherished piece of family history that can never be replaced.

“I’m very sad,” Linda Maus said. “We have 80 acres, but that’s what meant the most because of the history.”

The fire is still under investigation and the cause has yet to be determined.

“We have no idea what started it,” Hagan said. “We’re still looking into it.”