September 2, 2014

Medina
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Barn fire shuts down Marks Road in Liverpool Twp.

LIVERPOOL TWP. — A fire damaged the inside of a storage barn Sunday after a man was reportedly working on a car inside the barn.

The barn, behind a residence at 22 Marks Road, was used as equipment storage for AJ’s Property Maintenance, authorities at the scene said.

Firefighters battle a barn fire that started while a man was working on a car inside a barn on Marks Road on Sunday evening. No one was injured in the blaze. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

Firefighters battle a barn fire that started while a man was working on a car inside a barn on Marks Road on Sunday evening. No one was injured in the blaze. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

Marks Road was briefly closed north of the scene into Strongsville as crews battled the fire.

Valley City Assistant Fire Chief Greg Smith said no one was injured in the fire that likely started when the business owner, Mark Mzik, was doing welding work on a Pontiac Grand Am inside the barn around 6:30 p.m.

“He went into the house, came out, and the car was on fire, and that spread to the barn,” Smith said.

The homeowners were able to pull the car out of the barn using a forklift, Smith said, but the barn had already caught fire.

“They started fighting the fire with a garden hose,” Smith said.

He said a damage estimate has yet to be determined, but the fire gutted the roof and much of the interior wood frame of the barn, as well as the car.

“The fire was coming out both ends” of the barn, Smith said. He said the flames were under control less than an hour after crews were called to the scene.

Mzik said he was most concerned with equipment that was inside of the barn, including several lawn mowers, and it was unclear how much they had been damaged.

In addition to Valley City, crews also responded from Strongsville, Brunswick, Brunswick Hills, Earhart-York and Medina Townships, Medina County Sheriff’s Office and Life Support Team.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.