June 27, 2016

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House fire in Liverpool Twp. causes $250K in damages

Fire officials said a home on Myrtle Hill Road in Liverpool Township is a total loss after a midday fire Wednesday morning.

Valley City Fire Chief Jack Petrone said his department received the fire call at 11:41 a.m. and responded to 6172 Myrtle Hill Road with crews from Brunswick Hills Township.

“When we arrived on scene, it was fully involved from one end to the other,” Petrone said.

He said a second alarm was activated, and crews responded from the city of Brunswick, Erhart-York Township and Columbia Township to assist.

The Medina Life Support Team also responded in the event a firefighter would require treatment, he said.

Petrone said there were no injuries, and he thanked Brunswick Fire Chief Jim Baird and Assistant Chief Richard Barber for helping him supervise the many firefighters who responded to the fire.

“They were able to put it out after about an hour or an hour and a half,” Petrone said.

Petrone said the homeowner was out of state on vacation when the fire broke out.

The chief estimated the damage at $250,000.

He said investigators from the state fire marshal’s office were called to investigate the cause, which had not been determined Wednesday night.

Petrone said the investigation should wrap up in the next week.

The Valley City Fire Department has an automatic mutual aid agreement with Brunswick Hills, Petrone said, because his department is short a fire engine.

A new engine is expected to arrive in September and until then the township has one engine in service.

“We usually have two (engines), but one is on order,” Petrone said. “We have an automatic mutual aid pact with Brunswick Hills, and it’s for that reason.”

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengenson.

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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.