Bright orange flames scorched the winter sky Tuesday night as an inferno engulfed a vacant house along U.S. 6 near Ohio 2.
When fire crews arrived after 8 p.m., the structure was completely ablaze.
"It's unsafe to send anybody in," said Battalion Chief Mike Yost. "There's no reason at an abandoned structure to get anybody hurt."
Firefighters were uncertain Tuesday night whether there was anyone inside the building.
"We haven't found any footprints around the building," Yost said. "There's no going inside it for some time."
Sandusky and Margaretta fire crews worked to keep the fire contained. Footprints and fire hoses crisscrossed the snow as glowing embers rained from the dense gray smoke.
"I'm not sure we're going to put it out," Yost said, explaining the blaze would likely burn itself out.
Since the structure was isolated in a snow-covered field, Yost said there wasn't much concern about it spreading to the former Steuk's property nearby.
Yost said the cold temperature doesn't affect how the fire burns, but does impact how the crews can operate.
According to sanduskyregister.com/weather, it was an icy 20 degrees.
As of Tuesday evening, the cause of the fire was under investigation.