June 27, 2016

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Man injured, home gutted in Chippewa Lake fire

CHIPPEWA LAKE — A man suffered minor injuries and his pet dog died in a Saturday morning fire that gutted a house at 372 Craggy Creek Drive.

The fire was reported by a neighbor at 8:36 a.m. and firefighters arrived within 10 minutes, Lafayette Township Fire Chief Jeff Hall said.

He said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Hall said a man lived alone in the home and was taken to Lodi Hospital with cuts on his feet. He was later released from the hospital, he said.

His dog died in the fire, Hall said.

Hall did not identify the man, but Medina County auditor’s office lists the homeowner as Robert C. Buck III.

Firefighters took about an hour to get the fire under control, it was completely extinguished in about two hours, Hall said.

Hall estimated that the fire caused $200,000 in damage to the white, two-story wood frame home, including property and contents.

The roof over the kitchen and living room collapsed, he said. “There wasn’t one part that didn’t sustain significant damage.”

The county auditor lists the home’s market value for tax purposes at $101,980.

Departments that responded to the fire were Lafayette Township, Seville-Guilford and Westfield Township. The Red Cross also helped out at the scene, he said.

Hall said he has asked for assistance in investigating the fire from the state fire marshal’s office and the Medina County Fire Investigation Task Force.

The task force is comprised of a group of trained firefighters from various Medina County fire departments.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.