Ashtabula Fire engineer injured
William A. West
ASHTABULA_An early morning fire destroyed a house and left an Ashtabula Fire Department engineer with minor injuries Tuesday at 2542 W. 13th St. in Ashtabula.
The alarm was received at 1:59 a.m. A garage and a breezeway connected to the house were fully engulfed in flames when Ashtabula Fire arrived on the scene about 2:08 a.m. One car in the garage and two cars in the driveway were also burning.
The second engine arrived about 2:09 a.m.
Firefighters set up a three-inch master stream device on a side yard and established a connection to a fire hydrant to knock down the fire. An officer walked about the building and learned that all residents were out of the house and accounted for.
The master stream device slipped on the wet grass and a heavy stream of water hit an engineer in the head and knocked him to the ground. Firefighters moved the engineer to a cot at the intersection of Gladding Avenue and West 13th Street. He was placed in an ambulance and transported to the Ashtabula County Medical Center where the engineer was treated and released.
The firefighters returned to extinguishing the fire and eventually made their entry into the house. A primary and secondary search was conducted and the “all clear” was declared. The AFD report states that the first item ignited was flammable liquid / gas (unconfined) and the heat source was a lighter: cigarette or cigar. Type of material was listed as cooking oil, transformer or lubricating oil.
The total loss is listed at $210,000; with property loss listed at $120,000 and contents loss at $90,000.
Ashtabula Township and Saybrook fire departments responded to the mutual aid call. Community Care Ambulance also responded to the scene. The cause of the fire has not been determined.