(DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
(DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT COUNTY – Firefighters from several departments reported to a fire outside of Ohio City on State Route 81 before noon on Tuesday.

The property owner was demolishing an old home and began a controlled fire, but soon the fire became out of control and the building went up in flames.

Firefighters from Ohio City, Rockford, Mendon, and Spencerville were on scene to get the fire under control. The Van Wert County Sheriff's Department was also on scene to reroute traffic away from the fire.

No one was in the building when it caught fire and the home had been vacant for several years, according to the property owner.