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Fire claims garage

GARAGE FIRE: Firefighters survey the damage afer a fire destroyed a garage at 1454 S. 525 E. on Wednesday. The fire was contained by firefighters before it spread to the home.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com

A structure fire burned a garage to the ground at 1454 S. 525 E. around 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Ritchie Hendey and his wife were home at the time of the fire but were uninjured by the blaze. When firefighters arrived on scene, they quickly fought to contain the fire before it could spread to the home.

"We arrived on scene, and it was fully engulfed," said Brandon Prochnow, captain for the Center Township Fire Department. "(Our goal) was to protect the primary structure of the house. We attacked the garage after we protected the house."

The house sustained burn marks on the north side of the home, but the fire was successfully contained before further damage took place.

The garage was a total loss.

According to Prochnow, the majority of firefighters protected the house while a separate firefighter began spraying water on the garage. Once the home was safe, the firefighters put out the garage.

According to Hendey, he called the fire in.

"I was in my bedroom, and I saw black smoke coming out of the window.

"I got weak-kneed," Hendey added.

According to Hendey, inside the garage was Ham radio equipment, scuba gear, pottery, stained glass equipment and canned goods among other possessions.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation as of deadline Wednesday.

After firefighters extinguished the garage, only two walls remained. The roof burned to ashes. Black charcoal coated the interior, and the remaining two walls leaned outward.

While it was difficult for firefighters to tell, Prochnow believes the fire may have began on the garage's south side.

The fire took around 10 minutes to get under control, he added.

Assisting in the fire was Mill Township, Gas City and Washington Townships fire departments.