MONTVILLE TWP. — Fire gutted a house in the Cobblestone neighborhood Friday.
Chief Robert Painter of the Medina Fire Department said a stove in the garage likely is to blame for the blaze that destroyed the attached garage and collapsed the roof at 6507 Shale Court, home of physician Bhupinder Singh and his family.
Singh said he was running the vacuum cleaner when it cut out. When he checked the electrical outlet, which had shorted out, he smelled smoke. So he went to the garage to check the stove where the family had just prepared lunch.
“I don’t know how it happened, if we spilled something maybe, but it was smoke and within a minute it was fire,” Singh said.
Singh told firefighters that the blaze already was too large to put out with a home fire extinguisher so he called 911.
His children, Pavan and Amrita Kaur, and his mother, Parmjit Kaur, escaped out a back door and Singh was able to pull his car out of the garage. His wife, Jagrup Kaur, was at work.
The 911 call came in at 1:17 p.m. and Montville police arrived two minutes later, Sgt. Chris LaFond said. At that point, the garage was engulfed in flames.
“Everybody got out safe and that’s what counts,” LaFond said.
Painter said his crew arrived a couple minutes after that and by then the fire had spread to the attic over the home.
Painter said his department was able to knock down the fire with a ladder truck and some aerial support. But the home — valued at $222,000, according to the Medina County auditor’s website — will be considered a complete loss.
Crews remained on scene into the evening.
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