Fire burns 2-car garage

PHOTO BY JACOB GURNEY Tiffin Fire Rescue Division personnel work at the scene of a detached garage fire at 125 N. Monroe St. Thursday afternoon.

Crews responded to a detached garage fire at 125 N. Monroe St. Thursday afternoon.

Chief Kevin Veletean of Tiffin Fire Rescue Division said a two-car garage, which had a single-car garage attached to it, was on fire and the fire already was coming out of the roof and back wall when they arrived. He said personnel used a combination of interior and exterior attack to fight the fire.

“Because of it being a garage, there’s not a lot of distance you can go inside, so where we could go, we went,” Veletean said.

He said once the majority of the fire was out and they had extinguished it, crews went to salvage and overhaul operations and put out the many hot spots. Veletean said the bulk of the fire was put out in about 15 minutes and crews remained at the scene for about two hours doing overhaul and conducting its investigation.

The fire was able to be contained to the original two-car garage, but a neighbor’s fence was damaged, he said.

Veletean said the homeowner came home and found the fire when he pulled into the driveway. Nobody was injured in the fire, he said.

Veletean said there were a lot of tools and equipment inside the garage and the loss estimate was about $75,000. The property is owned by James Digby, according to the Seneca County Auditor’s Office.

Veletean said the fire originated on the south side of the original garage, but the cause of the fire was under investigation Thursday evening.

According to Tiffin Police Department, Roxane L. Askam, 62, of Tiffin, was charged with resisting arrest and misconduct at an emergency, at the scene.

The fire was reported at 2:54 p.m. and Tiffin Fire Rescue Division and Tiffin Police Department responded to the scene.

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