Unoccupied Stow home may be a total loss after fire
STOW — A fire caused heavy damage to an unoccupied Kent Road home Wednesday night, but there were no injuries, said Fire Chief Mark Stone.
Stone said multiple calls came in, believed to be from passersby, reporting the fire at 3758 Kent Road, east of Charring Cross Drive, at a little after 10 p.m.
“The callers stated they saw smoke and flames showing,” said Stone. “They were not sure if the house was on fire or if the fire was behind the house.”
Stone said firefighters began arriving several minutes after the calls came in.
“They said there was heavy smoke conditions and they did notice there were flames coming from the rear corner of the house,” he said.
Stone said the fire was under control after about 30 minutes, though a live electric wire to the house fell, hampering the effort. Firefighters remained on scene until about 3:30 a.m.
Stone said a fire department estimate puts the damage at somewhere over $100,000.
“The insurance company would make the determination, but at first glance, the appearance our guys had, they suspect it might be considered a loss,” he said. “Anytime we have a fire in a vacant building that passersby call in, they get a lot of extensive damage before we get a chance to save the building.”
Stone said the ranch house was under renovation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
“We believe it started at the back corner of the house, back where the heaviest fire damage was,” he said.
On-duty personnel brought in two engines, two ambulances and a ladder truck. Off-duty firefighters were called in and brought a third engine, and the Kent Fire Department responded with a fourth engine, said Stone.
“We really appreciate Kent Fire coming over here in an expedient manner. Mutual aid is very important,” he said.
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