A fire caused an estimated $100,000 damage to a Briar Bush Lane home Oct. 27, 2019.
Fire Chief Jack Draves said Southwest Emergency Dispatch received a 911 call at 7:08 p.m. about a fire in an attached garage at 21727 Briar Bush Lane. Neighbors had noticed the fire and raced to the house to alert the occupants, who were unaware of the fire. They were able to get to safety due to the quick action of the neighbors.
The first Strongsville fire unit arrived on scene at 7:13 p.m. and reported heavy fire in the attached garage. Fire crews immediately went into aggressive fire attack mode by deploying the engine mounted deck gun to knock down the bulk of the fire. Several handlines were also deployed to extinguish the remaining fire in the garage from outside and inside the structure. The fire was brought under control by 7:46 p.m.
Due to the heavy fire, the garage roof and walls were structurally unstable, which made overhaul more difficult and a safety concern for firefighters.
Strongsville responded with 13 firefighters on two fire engines, a ladder tower, an ambulance, and a command vehicle. Berea, Middleburg Heighs and Olmsted Falls fire departments provided mutual aid.
Early loss estimates to the structure and contents is estimated at over $100,000. The Southwest Emergency Response Team Structural Collapse Team was called out to evaluate the structural stability and take the necessary measures to make the structure safe for the investigation. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Southwest Emergency Response Team Fire Investigation Unit. There were no injuries to any of the occupants or firefighters.