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Fire destroys garage, contents

by The Indiana Gazette on March 28, 2014 10:55 AM

CANOE TOWNSHIP — Fire destroyed a large wooden garage and its contents Thursday afternoon along Canoe Ridge Road, a fire official reported.

The heat of the blaze also melted the siding of the property owner’s nearby house, said Shelly Pisano, assistant chief of the Rossiter Fire Department.

“It appears to be accidental, and we don’t believe it’s suspicious,” Pisano said. “The owner had no insurance.”

Owner Ron Pearce listed a freezer, some all-terrain vehicles and tools among the contents lost, she said.

Pisano estimated the multi-vehicle garage was about 20 by 30 feet.

No one was reported to be injured.

Firefighters from Rossiter, Glen Campbell, Marion Center, Big Run and Punxsutawney answered the alarm at 3:10 p.m.

Pisano said firefighters worked almost two hours at the scene and returned to their station about the time the first of two brush fires was reported.

The first alarm sounded at 5:18 p.m. for a fire on Kendra Kramer’s property along Hemlock Lake Road in Banks Township, where flames scorched about 2 acres of ground and nearly spread to an empty house.

Pisano said the coincidence of the earlier fire helped firefighters to save the structure.

“We just pulled into the fire hall and if we had not already been there, that house would have been gone,” she said.

“On any other day, with firefighters at home and needing extra time to respond, the house would have burned.”

Pisano said a juvenile had been burning garbage outdoors and lost control of the fire.

The second alarm, at 5:27 p.m., was due to a similar situation on Dug Hill Road in Canoe Township, where Rossiter, Glen Campbell, Punxsutawney Central and Lindsey firefighters snuffed a wildfire that blackened about one and a half acres of ground owned by Glen Mack.

Mack also had been burning garbage and flames jumped to the surrounding dry grass.

“His home was not endangered, though,” Pisano said. “The wind was blowing the opposite direction.”

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