Archbold, OH

Friday Afternoon Fire Does $12,000 Damage

A fire did approximately $12,000 in damage to a detached garage at the home of Mark Stuckey, 4368 Co. Rd. 26, Friday, Feb. 19.

Andy Brodbeck, Archbold fire chief, said Fulton County sheriff dispatchers notified AFD of the alarm at 3:15 pm.

When they arrived, firefighters discovered the east side of the two-car, woodframe garage was burning, and the fire had extended into the roof.

Brodbeck said Dave Davis, the first AFD officer on the scene, called for engine 102 to come down the long lane to the house and garage.

Firefighters used 1,000 gallons of water from engine 102 to contain the blaze to a storage area on the east side of the garage and prevent the fire from extending into the rest of the structure.

From there, firefighters continued working to fully extinguish the blaze.

“We had to take out some of the contents to make sure (the fire) wouldn’t rekindle,” Brodbeck said.

“We checked a small loft area and we had to remove some of the (vinyl) siding and roofing, as well.”

When the call came in, Brodbeck said he immediately called for a water tanker from Stryker and for the AFD tanker to be dispatched to the scene.

“We had plenty of water sitting on the road,” he said.

The cause of the fire is officially undetermined, but Brodbeck said there was an outdoor woodburning furnace nearby.

With high winds that day, “it’s possible some sort of spark or ash could have blown into the building,” he said.

Fire damage was estimated as $10,000 to the building and $2,000 to the contents.

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