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Fire Destroys Millcreek Township Garage, 2 Cars, Motorcycle, and Mobile Camper (7pm Update)

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A Millcreek garage fire at 1173 E. Arlington Road destroyed three cars and a motor home just after 1am Saturday morning.

The Trudeau's woke up to find their two-story detached garage engulfed in flames.

"Our daughter woke us up, she said the garage was burning. Then we came out here and it was really burning," said Richard Trudeau.

Wind fueling the fire put the houses on both sides at risk.

"Wind is the reason for the exposure trouble, it was fanning the fire," said Belle Valley fire chief Chris Altadonna.

"The flames were pretty high and the smoke was the darkest smoke that I've ever seen. You could tell the wind was just catching it," said Cathy Reese, a neighbor of the Trudeau's.

The garage held two cars and a motorcycle. Right next to it parked a camper. All the gas in those vehicles also fueled the flames.

"There was a lot of danger. We had a lot of small explosions due to the stuff that was in the garage," said Altadonna.

A leak in one of the fire hoses also delayed the water source. 

"It seemed like forever before they got any water onto the fire. And then when they did get it going, there was a leak in the hose and you could see it spurting out to the other side of the road," Reese described.

No one was injured, but the fire burned up more than $100,000 dollars in property.

"I had probably $50,000 worth of tools in there because I was a mechanic," Trudeau said. "I feel sick to my stomach right now. Even though you have insurance, it's stuff you can't replace, you know?"

Belle Valley's fire chief says the severity of the fire caused so much damage it was hard to determine what caused the it. however, he does believe it was started by an improperly put wood-burning heater.

Both neighboring houses escaped with minimal damage - some charring and melted paint.

The Belle Valley, Kuhl Hose, Brookside, Fairfield, and Erie fire departments were on scene for about two hours, extinguishing the flames.

 

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