Falls firefighers respond to two incidents Aug. 6

No injuries reported and damage not major

JEFF SAUNDERS
Reporter

The Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department responded to two house fires on Aug. 6 but neither was major and there were no injuries, according to Fire Lt. Tom Carano.

“That was a busy day for us,” he said.

Carano said the first incident, on Lee Road in Silver Lake, was a small cooking fire that was reported about 3:30 p.m.

“There was some smoke and flames got into the ceiling of the kitchen,” said Carano, adding firefighters pulled down part of the ceiling to make sure the fire had not spread upward.

Carano said he believes the home’s residents stayed with friends temporarily.

“We just suggested they not stay there for a night or two and let the smoke clear out,” he said.

Carano did not have a damage estimate for the fire.

Carano said the second fire, on Seventh Street in the city, was called in at about 8:15 p.m. and was started by charcoal that the homeowner believed was no longer hot and had been put into a trash can outside the home. He said the fire caused a window to break.

“There was no flame damage in the home, but they did have smoke get into the house and flame climbed up the back siding,” he said.

He said the damage, mostly to the siding, is estimated at between $3,000 and $4,000.

Carano added that it was again suggested that the residents temporarily stay elsewhere.

Jim McIntyre, spokesman for the Northern Ohio Region of the American Red Cross, said the residents in the Seventh Street fire needed some financial assistance to help with “immediate needs” and the Red Cross directed them to some community agencies.

“They have insurance so they’re getting help from their insurance company as well,” he said.

Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.