June 30, 2016

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Separate weekend fires destroy barns in Liverpool, Medina townships

Nick Glunt and Pamela J. Miller

Two barns — in Liverpool and Medina townships — are complete losses after fires scorched them over the weekend.

The Liverpool Township fire, at 243 Marks Road, was reported about noon Sunday and was under control by 1:30 p.m.

The barn housed a workshop behind a home, Liverpool Township Fire Chief Jack Petrone said.

The residents operate Tiger Cats Furniture, which makes poles and other furnishings for cats. Supplies for that business, including carpet, rope, plywood and cardboard, were stored in the barn.

“The barn was fully engulfed when we got there,” Petrone said. “They lost a complete barn workshop and one semitractor trailer that they were storing carpeting in.”

He said no animals or people were hurt in the blaze, and the cause has yet to be determined. He estimated the damage to the barn and contents at about $200,000.

Fire departments from Brunswick Hills, Brunswick, Columbia, Strongsville, Grafton Township and Erhart-York also responded.

Flames break through the roof of a barn Friday evening at 4944 Hamilton Road.  (COURTESY PHOTO)

Flames break through the roof of a barn Friday evening at 4944 Hamilton Road. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Four department responded to the Medina Township fire, reported about 6 p.m. Friday at D. Crocker Landscape and Excavation, 4944 Hamilton Road.

Medina Township Fire Chief Mark Crumley said the blaze was under control in 25 minutes, but crews remained for another two hours to deal with any hot spots.

Crumley said that the property owner or his son was working in the barn on a tractor that caught fire and gutted the barn.
Both the tractor and the barn were a total loss, Crumley said.

One of the people who was in the barn was taken to Medina Hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

In addition to the Medina Township Fire Department, Brunswick Hills, Medina City and Erhart-York also responded, as well as the LifeSupport Team.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Contact reporter Pamela J. Miller at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.

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