Fire causes $50,000 in damage

Aaron Krause • Aug 30, 2014 at 10:07 PM

A fire totaled a garage late Wednesday night, causing roughly $40,000 to $50,000 in damage, which included two destroyed lawnmowers, an SUV and heavy damage to the house's back side.

Nobody was injured in the fire, which is not considered suspicious, Huron River Joint Fire District Chief Tom Beck said. He added the cause is under investigation.

Beck said six people who live in the two-story house were at home at the time. They were notified by a person passing by the scene of the fire.

"They safely got out," Beck said, referring to the residents.

Emergency responders had to shut off the utilities and electric, so the Red Cross secured a hotel room for the families for the night. Beck said as soon as the electric is restored, they'll be able to return home.

Beck said he sent 23 men in five trucks to the home at 644 Ohio 99, south of Monroeville.

He requested mutual aid from Willard Fire & Rescue and the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department due to reports that the house was involved. While the back side of the house sustained heavy damage, the fire didn't enter the home, Beck said.

He said the Fairfield department sent two tankers and Willard sent an engine and tanker. However, they weren't needed because firefighters knocked down the fire in about five minutes. Huron River Joint Fire District received the call about the fire at about 10:30 and were there shortly after, Beck said.

Beck estimated firefighters used about 2,500 gallons of water, partly because they had to repeatedly hit hot spots.

Beck estimated the flames were as tall as the two story home.

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