LIMA-An apartment house caught fire and several of their pets were lost in the blaze that happened Tuesday at around 9 p.m.


Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said  the investigation into a structure fire on East Main Street in the Village of Lima on Feb. 20 at approximately 9pm.


"A passer-by reported to the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center (E-911) that he was driving by the residence and observed flames coming out of the front of the house. The caller went to the house and alerted the other residents of the fire. The ECC immediately dispatched the Lima Fire Department, as well as several Deputy Sheriffs. The house was an apartment house with six apartments that were occupied; all the residents were able to get out of the house safely," Dougherty said. "The Lima Fire Department, as well as other assisting fire units were able to contain the fire to the front down stairs apartment and were able to bring the fire under control. The down stairs front apartment suffered major fire, smoke and water damage and the other apartments suffered smoke and water damage displacing all the residents from the building. The occupants of the apartment where the fire started were not at home when the incident occurred."


The Red Cross was on scene assisting all residents with a place to stay and will continue to assist those families.


Fire Coordinator Kevin Niedermaier from the Livingston County Emergency Management and Ontario County Deputy Fire Coordinator Lynn Parish were on scene and investigated the cause of the fire assisted by Livingston County Sheriff’s Investigator Gene Chichester, ruling out any criminal act.


The Lima Fire Department was assisted by East Avon, Livonia, Honeoye Falls and West Bloomfield Fire Departments. The Lima ambulance was on scene and National Grid responded to disconnect the power.


No injuries were reported to residents but several family pets were lost in the fire.