MONTVILLE TWP. — It took firefighters nearly an hour to contain a basement fire Monday that spread through the walls of a new house being prepared for the owners to move into.
Around 1 p.m., the Medina Fire Department responded to a call of smoke billowing out of the house at 6808 Deer Tail in a subdivision off Poe Road.
At the time of the fire, plumber Adrian Bright was fixing an upstairs bathroom, and one of the homeowners also was in the house.
“The smoke alarm went off and the homeowner shouted ‘fire’ and the hallway was filled with smoke,” Bright said.
He said he could only hear the woman’s voice and could not see through the black smoke.
“It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever been through,” he said. “It’s unbelievable how black it was.”
Bright said he, the homeowner and her dog fled the house unharmed.
The homeowners were preparing to move into the house, which is less than a year old, Bright said. He was completing work on an upstairs bathroom and carpets recently had been installed.
The homeowner declined to comment.
Medina Fire Chief Robert Painter said his crews initially thought the fire was on the first floor but realized it was coming from the unfinished basement and had breached the walls upstairs.
“All the duct work was unfinished,” Painter said, “and it acted like a flue.”
The fire spread through the walls to different rooms of the house. Initially the smoke was so thick that firefighters disappeared from sight as soon as they entered the front door.
Crews hacked away at the side and broke an upstairs window of the building to clear the smoke and fight the traveling flames.
Painter said the Seville Fire Department also responded to relieve fatigued firefighters.
The fire is under investigation by the Medina County Fire Investigation Task Force, he said. The cause was not available Monday.
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