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Occupants escape York Township fire

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YORK TWP — A Norwalk Road home caught fire late Friday morning, bringing out firefighters from three departments to battle the blaze.

According to Erhart/York Township Fire Chief Ken Barrett the call came in at around 11:20 a.m. When they arrived they saw heavy smoke billowing from the one-story home on the 6900 block.

“The residents were in the home,” Barrett said.

However, he said there were no injuries or fatalities as the occupants made it safely out before help arrived.

The cause of the fire is unclear and it is under investigation.

“It came into our communications center. It was from a passerby who said that the house was on fire,” Medina County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Kenneth Baca said.

“It’s my understanding (it started) inside the home,” he said.

First responders spent several hours on the scene making sure that the fire was out. At times, thick smoke limited visibility along state Route 18, which was closed as crews worked in the frigid air. The walls on the outside of the home were charred by the flames.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office responded along with 26 first responders from the Erhart/York Township, Lafayette, and Valley City fire departments worked the fire scene.

The residents were not identified at the scene. According to the Medina County Auditor’s Office, the home built in 1887 is owned by William and Maureen Charnigo.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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