UPDATE - Monroeville fire causes estimated $140,000 in damage

Monroeville fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze which damaged a village business Tuesday evening.
Scott Seitz2
Nov 2, 2011

Monroeville fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze which damaged a village business Tuesday evening.

"The cause is currently undetermined," said Tom Beck, fire chief of the Huron River Joint Fire District.

Beck said the fire department got the call about 7:55 p.m. Tuesday.

The fire took place at Morrow Truck & Equipment, 410 Monroe St.

"We had a tough time at first," Beck said about attacking the fire.

"It was difficult gaining entry," he added. "We had to use saws to get inside. The fire was through the roof on the east end.

"It took about 50 minutes to get under control," he added.

Beck said the fire was mainly in a loft in the truck bay area that contained storage.

"There were also two semis inside which received light damage," he said. "We were able to drive one out, but the other we couldn't because the engine was dismantled."

No injuries were reported.

Beck said 21 firefighters and six trucks were at the scene, and no mutual aid was called.

"We had enough water," he said. "The building mainly had roof damage, with some siding and chimney. That will be determined by the insurance company.

"The firefighters did a good job," Beck added. "It was a very smoky fire."

Monroeville police and street department workers blocked off the area.

Firefighters were on hand until 10:35 p.m., Beck said.

"After the first 50 minutes, the fire was under control and, after that, we were chasing hot spots," the chief said.

Beck said initial estimates on damage were $100,000 for the property and $40,000 for contents.