KALIDA — A community wanting to help a 911 dispatcher whose house was destroyed in a fire this week has showed overwhelming support, Putnam County Sheriff Mike Chandler said.
Beth Hellman is a 911 dispatcher who worked Sunday evening when the call came in reporting a house fire at her home at 16645 Road 19. Chandler did not know if Hellman was the one who took the call, he said.
The fire happened about 9 p.m., destroying the 2,400-square-foot, two-story home. The home was an old farm house the couple were living in and fixing up, said Kalida Fire Chief Joe Selhorst.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remained undetermined but it may have started in the garage, Selhorst said.
Friends of Hellman and her husband, Greg, have established accounts with the Union Bank to accept donations, Chandler said.
Employees of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office were planning to try to raise money to help the family but now will join others. They may do something more later, if needed, Chandler said.
“I am giving this a little time, and then I’ll sit down with her and her husband,” Chandler said.
Selhorst did not have a damage estimate available but said the home and its contents were completely destroyed.