Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Ashes, wind spark blaze

No injuries in morning fire

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — Hot, discarded ashes from a wood stove sparked a fire that destroyed two outbuildings and damaged a house at 1264 Madeleine Circle Monday morning.

        The occupant escaped safely and there were no injuries.

        Damage was estimated at $25,000.

        Firefighters were called to the ranch house at 11:36 a.m. and found fire coming from two sheds in the rear yard. The back porch of the home also was on fire.

        The blaze started after the occupant put ashes in the grass in the rear yard near the sheds, Springfield Township Fire Chief Robert Leininger said.

        Heavy winds ignited the grass and the blaze spread.

        “It probably would have been (fine) if the wind wasn't blowing,” the chief said.

        Firefighters from Mount Healthy were called to assist Springfield Township crews. They were on the scene about 3 1/4 hours.


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