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Bellevue firefighters handle mulch fire, crash

Cary Ashby • Jul 17, 2016 at 8:00 AM

BELLEVUE —  City firefighters have determined a discarded cigarette started a mulch fire Wedneday.

The blaze, which caused about $500 in damage, burned and melted some siding of an apartment building at Nickel Plate Plaza, 975 Monroe St., Bellevue. Lt. Tony Schaffer, of the Bellevue Fire Department, said there was “fairly minor damage” below the south window of Building 143.

Eight firefighters were called at 11:57 a.m. and at the scene until 12:22 p.m. 

“The fire appeared to be out. We used a booster line to make sure everything was out,” Schaffer said.

The crew also pulled siding away from the apartment building to verify the the fire didn’t move.

Later that day, the fire department received call about an accident at the County Road 34 railroad tracks near the Flat Rock community in Thompson Township. Dispatchers received the call at 4:02 p.m. about an injury crash, possibly involving two to three vehicles.

“At the time of the call, we were not sure if a train was involved or not,” Schaffer said.

Upon arrival, firefighters determined it was a one-vehicle crash and found two patients in a van. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office handled the accident investigation.

“The other person in the vehicle walked home,” Schaffer said. “She walked home to get her husband and came back.”

The woman returned to the crash site shortly after firefighters arrived.

“There were three people in the van,” Schaffer said, referring to three women. “We ended up needing three ambulances and two LifeFlight helicopters.”

LifeFlight flew two women to a Toledo hospital while the other victim went in an ambulance.

Details about the crash weren’t available at press time. The incident remains under investigation.

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