SPENCER TWP. — No one was injured when a fire that started in a garage spread to a Smith Road home Sunday afternoon.
Neighbor David Morgan said he saw smoke coming from the house at 12456 Smith Road and people moving around. At first he didn’t think much about it because he was aware his neighbor does a lot of wood-cutting. But he said he knew something was wrong when people were running toward the property.
“By the time I got my coat and shoes on and ran out here, the whole half of the house was engulfed,” he said.
Firefighters from the Spencer Community Fire District responded to the call at about 3 p.m. and were assisted by firefighters from Chatham and Litchfield townships and Wellington.
Chatham Fire Chief William Disbrow said the garage was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, and the fire reached portions of the house.
“I don’t know if they’re going to restore the home. I mean it’s pretty extensive, so it’s hard for me to say, but it looked pretty serious,” Disbrow said. “It is possible portions of the home could be salvaged, but I find that doubtful.”
No one was inside the house, the chief said.
The Smith Road home built in 1983 is owned by Carl Dolan, according to the Medina County auditor’s website.
No resident was available for comment Sunday.
Fire engines began to leave about 5:45 p.m. as the Medina County Arson Task Force was called in to investigate. It is still unclear at this time what caused the fire.
Disbrow said they did find wood in the structure as well as an auxiliary wood-burning stove that could be have been a possible cause of the fire.