Christmas day fires claim three area homes

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Separate fires on Christmas day destroyed three homes in Defiance, Williams and Henry counties. Defiance Fire Department was called to the Bobby Hill residence, 13739 Wilhelm Road, at 1:54 p.m. to extinguish a fire that reportedly started on the first floor and spread upstairs and into the roof area. Crews had to cut ventilation holes into the home to extinguish the fire, which was brought under control in approximately 30 minutes.