July 23, 2016

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Fire damages Wadsworth Twp. century home

WADSWORTH TWP. — A woman escaped injury in a fire Monday evening that extensively damaged the interior of a 133-year-old township home.

Fire officials said the fire at 2754 Medina Line Road, reported at 6:15 p.m., appeared to have started in the kitchen and quickly spread to the rest of the house.

Wadsworth Fire Chief Carl Rommel said the home sustained fire damage on the first floor and serious smoke damage on the second floor.

“All of the fire was contained inside the house,” Rommel said. “If you look at the outside of the home, you’d hardly know there was a fire there.”

Rommel estimated damage to the home and contents at $100,000.

According to the Medina County auditor, the home, which was built in 1880 on 3.76 acres, is valued at $138,000.

He said the homeowner, listed in county auditor records as Linda Neiger, got out of the house before firefighters arrived.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries, but were treated and returned to their duties.

Rommel ruled the fire accidental, but said a cause has not yet been determined.

Wadsworth firefighters and squads from Copley and Sharon townships and the cities of Norton and Rittman spent about three hours handling the fire.

About 40 firefighters responded to the fire.

There were no fire hydrants in the immediate area, so water tankers had to be brought in, Rommel said.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.