A couple of area fire-fighters were injured; while on the scene of a blaze at an abandoned house in Defiance County.  Highland Township fire department was dispatched when flames ignited in a structure at the intersection of Kinner and Defiance-Ayersville Road at 3:44am this (Tues.) morning.  The two story house was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived.   During the fire, a fire-fighter fell into an open hatch of an abandoned cistern.  The victim hung onto the fire hose at the opening of the hatch; and a deputy from the sheriff’s office at the scene was injured during the rescue.  Both subjects were transported to a local hospital.  The structure was a total loss, with mutual aid supplied by Defiance City Fire Department, and New Bavaria volunteers.  Crews were on the scene for well over four hours.

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