A fire and explosion at the former Diehl plant in downtown Defiance closed-off traffic on state route 66, and is believed to have caused injuries. At 4:30am this morning, fire and rescue crews were sent to the Sensory Effects facility on Clinton Street. Defiance Fire Department was joined by Noble and Highland Township fire departments; but all departments have now cleared the scene. There are reports that one employee suffered from burn injuries; and was transported by air ambulance to a Toledo Hospital. Another employee was also injured, suffering from inhaling noxious fumes. The blaze ignited in a drying area for wet product; and there are reports of damage to equipment and the building in that area. A Defiance fire luietenant reports the fire suppression and sprinkler system played a big role in keeping the flames contained. About 30 fire-fighters were on the scene for over two hours. The cause of the blaze is unknown. Clinton Street is now open to traffic just north of the Maumee River bridge in downtown Defiance.
The Henry County Sheriff’s office investigated an injury accident this morning on county road 10-A near road H, at 5:02am. 61 year old Rita McDougle of Hamler lost control of her auto rolling it onto its top in a yard. McDougle sustained injuries; and was transported to Defiance Mercy Hospital by Holgate EMS.
The sheriff’s office was called to a business at 501 East Joe E. Brown Avenue in Holgate early Thursday afternoon in a theft incident. Some money was stolen from the location.