A fire that started on a living room couch damaged a house at 843 Lehmen Drive in Chester May 6, according to the Chester Fire Department.
Chester Fire Chief Marty Bert said the fire apparently originated around 4 p.m. on a couch in the living room at the front of the house. The house is owned by Ralph Kipp of Chester and was being rented by Aaron and Tracy Schoenberger of Chester. Bert said Tracy Schoenberger reportedly discovered the fire and alerted her husband, Aaron, after which she and their child immediately left the house.
"The fire quickly spread to engulf the entire couch and other contents of the living room due to the nature of the specific material of the couch," Bert said. "Aaron Schoenberger quickly rushed to the outside and got a garden hose and began fighting the fire from the front porch."
The Chester Fire Department was on scene within minutes at by which time the front room of the house was engulfed. "When we arrived, Mr. Schoenberger was still fighting the fire with his garden hose. Once we got our hoses on the fire, we quickly got the fire under control" said Bert.
Bert said, Aaron Schoenberg was burned while attempting to keep the fire under control and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Tracy Schoenberger and the child were not injured, he added.
The fire was under control by approximately 5:45 p.m. and the remainder of the house besides the living room and front portion of the house seemed to be unharmed by the flames, Bert said.
"The fire was considered to be of accidental causes," Bert said. "It did, however, start on the couch. We will investigate further to attempt to discover more about the specific cause, but no foul play is suspected."
Bert noted that the Ellis Grove Fire Department was also on the scene to lend support if needed. By 6:30 p.m. the Chester Fire Department had wrapped up at the Schoenberger house.