July 24, 2016

Partly cloudy

Fire burns separate homes in Hinckley, Lafayette townships

Firefighters in Medina County were busy this morning battling separate blazes in Hinckley and Lafayette townships.

The first fire was reported just after 7:30 a.m. today in Hinckley Township, causing two 17-year-olds to evacuate the home, 1900 Ridge Road. Lafayette Township firefighters responded to a call at 9:41 a.m. about a two-story, wooden house on fire at 7100 Westfield Road.

Firefighters work to extinguish a house fire about 10 a.m. today at 7100 Westfield Road in Lafayette Township. The blaze was the second of two fires this morning in Medina County. The first fire took place just after 7:30 a.m. at 1900 Ridge Road in Hinckley Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Tim Potts, Hinckley Township fire chief, said the Hinckley blaze originated in the basement of the home. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Two teenagers, one male and one female, were home, and one called 911 to report the fire just after 7:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Bruce Linville, of the Hinckley Township Police Department.

Linville was one of the first responders to arrive at the scene.

“The house was full of smoke when I got to the back door to help the kids out,” said Linville, who noted the front door of the residence was locked.

The sergeant said both juveniles received a medical exam as a precaution and appeared uninjured.

In addition to Hinckley, firefighters from Brunswick, Brunswick Hills Township, Granger Township, Sharon Township and Richfield responded to the fire scene.

At the Lafayette Township blaze, firefighters had the fire under control after about an hour, according to dispatch. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Richard Fletcher, chief of the Westfield Township Fire Department, said there were no injuries to family members who were at home when the blaze started. Firefighters from Westfield Township and Lodi assisted Lafayette at the scene.

Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.