Editor’s note: The Northwest Signal was recently contacted through social media to notify the paper that a local resident helped raise alarm about Friday’s fire in Napoleon. Upon contacting the individual, he agreed to answer a few questions about that response.

A local resident did his part to assist in making others aware there was an emergency when a fire sparked in the city Friday.

William Badenhop said he was driving in the city when he noticed the scene.

“I was leaving the post office and heading for Defiance,” Badenhop told the Northwest Signal. “I looked down the street and saw a tree in flames 30 feet in the air. I realized as I drove up that there were kids there because of all the toys in the yard. I did not see anyone outside at all.

“When I realized no one was outside, I started honking my horn and yelling ‘fire,’” Badenhop said. “I am 80 years old and don’t have a cell phone, so I did my best to attract attention. I finally saw people start coming out of their houses, and I drove off so that I wasn’t in the way of emergency responders.”

Badenhop said his response was what he could do to try to get help called to the location.

“I don’t know, I did what I could,” Badenhop said about being able to help. “I don’t walk very well, so I couldn’t do much myself and I didn’t want to be in the way.”

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