Monroe home is lost to fire

    A fire that started in an attached garage spread to the one-story William and Carolyn Schindler home in Monroe on Wednesday evening, destroying both structures.
    Neither of the occupants was injured, but all their belongings were lost, including two vehicles parked in the garage.
    Monroe Fire Chief Russell Cook said this morning that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
    He also said the steady east wind created minor shingle damage to a neighboring home's roof.
    The fire call came in shortly after 7 p.m. and Cook said members of the Monroe department were at the scene until about 12:30 a.m. today. He added that some 26 Monroe firefighters responded to the alarm.
    He stated that the Monroe, Decatur, and Preble fire departments sent vehicles and men and that it took about an hour to bring the fire under control, since there were several flareups.
    A Decatur Fire Department member said 18 Decatur firefighters and a pumper truck went to the scene, dispatched at 7:21 p.m. and done by 8:32 p.m.
    The Preble department sent its breathing tank refill truck to the scene.