Fire causes $100,000 worth of damage

Blaze destroys structure and contents.
Aaron Krause
Jan 27, 2014

Nobody was injured when a fire tore through a residential garage in the village Wednesday and destroyed the structure and contents.

Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ed Eden said the structure was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on scene late Wednesday afternoon.

"It was coming through the roof already" when firefighters arrived, Eden said. He said 19 firefighters from his department responded in three trucks. A hydrant issue forced Eden to request mutual aid. Willard Fire & Rescue brought two tankers and the Tri-Community Joint Fire District responded with one tanker.

Eden estimated firefighters used about 50,000 gallons of water on the roughly 32-by-56-foot structure. Eden said the siding on the house next door melted a bit and firefighters worked to keep a propane tank cool.

Eden said the cause is undetermined, but it's not considered suspicious. Eden estimated the fire caused $100,000 damage in contents and to the structure

Firefighters were on scene about six hours.

"It's a loss man," said Greg Starkey, who built the structure in 2000. He said he kept items such as snowblowers, garden tools and shovels inside.

He said he was alerted about the fire after a neighbor pounded on the door of his home.

Starkey, who has insurance, said the insurance company believes the cause is electrical, involving a fan.