Quick response saves house

B y Jaime Thomas

Despite limited access, firefighters were able to stop a garage fire from spreading into a house Sunday afternoon.

Crews were called to the scene of a fully involved garage fire at 6 Westview Drive in Granville at about 1:30 p.m. Granville Fire Chief Ryan Pedone said there was a heavy fire load upon arrival, but crews were quickly able to contain the fire to the garage and stop it from stretching into the residence.

Pedone said the homeowners had been cooking a turkey in a turkey roaster in the garage, and a fire started in the device and quickly spread through the garage. However, the residents noticed the fire and were quickly able to remove a car from the garage.

Because Westview Drive is so narrow, crews had to hike much of their equipment to the scene of the blaze and had to do their staging on Quaker Street. Firefighters were able to put out the fire within 40 minutes and were on scene for about two hours between investigation and overhaul.

The garage was a total loss, and there was minimal water damage to the breezeway connecting the garage to the house, but the house itself was saved from the blaze.

“It was a great response from the departments that were there, great teamwork,” Pedone said. In addition to Granville Engine and Hose and Granville Hook and Ladder, Middle Granville, North Granville, West Pawlet and Granville Rescue were all on scene.

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