A car and SUV were destroyed when fire gutted a garage near Albion early Wednesday, March 12.
Just before 2 a.m. a barking pet dog alerted the DeWayne Handshoe family that flames were spreading through a garage near their home at 1563 E SR 8. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined, but is believed to be accidental, according to the Albion Fire Department.
The 24 by 30 foot wood frame garage was just a short distance from the home and was quickly engulfed in flames that threatened to spread further. Firefighters from Albion and Rome City arrived to find the home's aluminum siding beginning to smoke and melt from the severe radiant heat, and windows began cracking, but firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading inside the house. The fire was declared under control in about 25 minutes.
The garage itself was totally destroyed, as were an SUV and car, both 2007 models, inside the building. Two electric carts, a refrigerator, tools and other items were also reportedly destroyed, causing an estimated $45,000 loss. Another $20,000 worth of damage was estimated to the sides of the house.
No one was reported injured, although a Noble County EMS ambulance was brought to the scene as a precaution.
Eight units of the Albion and Orange Township Fire Department responded to the call, with the last truck clearing the scene just before 3 a.m.