PENINSULA — After a fire at the its North Locust Street service garage destroyed two of the village’s three snow plow trucks Thursday, other area communities have stepped up to offer help.
Macedonia Mayor Nick Molnar said at City Council’s meeting Thursday night that the city is willing to provide a snowplow for the village to use during snowstorms for the remainder of the winter.
Marty Kuboff, administrative assistant to Peninsula Mayor Douglas Mayer, said Friday that in addition to Macedonia’s loan of a snowplow, Northfield Village, Northfield Center, Sagamore Hills Boston Township and Summit County have offered assistance if needed.
"The mayor is extending a grateful thank you to the service departments in the area," said Kuboff. "The surrounding communities really stepped up to support us."
Kuboff, who was preparing an insurance claim for the fire, said he did not know their value, but they included a 2005 International 5-ton truck and a Ford F-550 pickup truck. Their loss left the village with only a smaller pickup truck.
Valley Fire District Chief Charlie Riedel said the fire district received the call to respond to the fire at a little after 11 a.m. and it was under control after a couple of hours. It quickly became clear upon arrival that not much would remain after the fire, said Riedel.
"It was fully involved when we got there," he said. "Everything is a total loss inside."
Riedel said there were no employees present when the fire started and there were no injuries.
"The employees were there earlier, but they left," he said.
Riedel said the State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause, which has not been determined.
Fire departments providing assistance, said Riedel, included Bath, Brecksville, Copley, Hudson, Macedonia, Northfield Village, Richfield and Stow.
Editor’s note: Reporter Ken Lahmers contributed to this story.