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70 percent of Harrison Twp. house OK after garage fire
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Monday, December 09, 2013 4:46 PM

The weather kept many fire departments and life squads busy over thew weekend, but before ice and snow caused problems, Bright Volunteer Fire Department was busy Thursday evening, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6, with a house fire.
A homeowner in Harrison Township had pulled a four-wheeler into his garage and smelled fuel. As he was determining where the smell was coming from, “the fuel ran toward a woodstove, and from there it caught the garage on fire,” said Assistant Chief Tom Stevens reading from a report.
The fire on North Dearborn Road was called into the department at 6:48 p.m. Thursday, and it “had a good head start with all the items normally in a garage,” said Stevens.
A crew quickly arrived and enterd the house, knocking down the fire, with more than 70 percent of the house undamaged, according to the report.
Responding with Bright to haul water to the site were New Trenton, St. Leon, Greendale, Miller-York and Harrison fire departments. Sunman’s fire department has a trailer to refill firefighters air tanks, and it was at the scene as well. The Aurora Fire Department Rehab unit provided hot drinks and food, said Stevens.
Meanwhile, Bright fire was called to a rekindle at about 6 a.m. Friday. The rekindle happened in a closet according to the report, said Stevens, adding apparently there were bowling balls stored there and they were holding heat.
Fire crews stayed on the scene for several hours after the rekindle because there were several feet of insulation in the attic they were concerned could reignite as well, said Stevens.