June 26, 2016


Fire guts apartment garage

Lisa Hlavinka | The Gazette

BRUNSWICK — Apartment managers and residents at Aspen Lake Apartments are starting to rebuild after a fire destroyed a parking garage Sunday.

Assistant Fire Chief Rick Barber said the fire originated at the north end of the 12-space garage, but his department and the Community Emergency Response Team Fire Investigation Unit are still investigating the cause.

“Until we chase leads and do our due diligence, I can’t say 100 percent accurately, but at this time, we don’t suspect arson,” Barber said Thursday.

Four cars were destroyed in a Sunday fire at a 12-space garage at Aspen Lake Apartments in Brunswick. The Brunswick Fire Department and CERT Fire Investigation Unit are still investigating the cause of the fire, Brunswick Assistant Fire Chief Rick Barber said Thursday. (Lisa Hlavinka | Gazette)

The fire destroyed four cars, along with countless belongings, property manager Pamela Pool said.

Among the charred cars and twisted metal, children’s toys and propane tanks could be seen.

Pool said the apartment’s corporate office will begin to rebuild the garage next week. Replacing personal property is between the residents and their insurance companies, she said.

Overall, the fire department estimated there was about $500,000 worth of damage.

Resident Eric Lindsey said the wind was blowing flames in the direction of the apartments the night of the fire. He moved his vehicle, but the back of another truck parked near the garage was melted and charred from the flames.

Two other vehicles also were damaged, Barber said.

White siding on two buildings was warped and melted from the heat. Residents were evacuated.

“There were embers on the roof,” Lindsey said. “I thought it might catch fire.”

The department received the call at approximately 9:35 p.m.

“I thought someone was cooking out, because I saw smoke behind the building, but then I saw the flames,” Lindsey said.

There were several grills near the garage, he said.

Within 43 minutes, firefighters had the blaze under control, Barber said.

Fire units from Brunswick Hills Township, Medina Township, Valley City, Hinckley Township and Strongsville, and the Medina Life Support Team assisted at the scene, he said.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@ohio.net.