Fire heavily damages M'ville home

MONROEVILLE Norwalk and Bellevue firefighters assisted the Huron River Joint Fire District with extinguishing a Monroeville house fire Saturday night. Homeowner Jason Martin and his three children were home when the fire started at their 59 Monroe St. home about 5:45 p.m., Huron River Fire Chief Ronald "Shorty" Stang said.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

MONROEVILLE Norwalk and Bellevue firefighters assisted the Huron River Joint Fire District with extinguishing a Monroeville house fire Saturday night.

Homeowner Jason Martin and his three children were home when the fire started at their 59 Monroe St. home about 5:45 p.m., Huron River Fire Chief Ronald "Shorty" Stang said.

"Everybody got out safe," the chief added.

He suspects the probable cause was electrical, but said the state fire marshal's office will be investigating because "we just want to know what happened." Stang also said there is nothing suspicious about the blaze.

Norwalk Fire Chief Doug Coletta was one of 11 Norwalk firefighters who responded to the scene. He said it was an older home with "balloon construction," meaning there are no breaks in the walls between the floors.

"The fire spread from the basement to the attic," Coletta said. "I would say it spread pretty fast."

The estimated damage was between $140,000 and $150,000, leaving the home uninhabitable. Stang said the Martin family is living elsewhere.

"It got to the walls and ceilings was our problem," the chief said. "(There was) a lot of damage."

Norwalk and Bellevue firefighters helped look for fires in hidden areas of the home.

"It was in the walls and stuff," Stang said, adding that Bellevue was called about 9:30 p.m. to assist firefighters who were beginning to get tired.

Coletta said his crew was there "a couple hours or better" and returned to Norwalk when the fire was under control.

Stang added that his firefighters left the scene about 1 a.m. Sunday, but returned about three hours later. He said firefighters were checking to make sure the fire didn't rekindle.

Police were there to do traffic control. North Central EMS stood by with an ambulance.

The Paternal Order of the Leatherheads, a Huron County honor guard, brought firefighters food about 11 p.m. they had left over from a banquet.

"They brought us fabulous food," Stang said. "We even had cordon bleu."