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Suspicious fire consumes Ashtabula garage


By:  Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — A “suspicious” fire consumed a garage awaiting demolition early Tuesday on West Avenue, according to Ashtabula Fire Department reports.

Firefighters were called at 4:47 a.m. to a structure fire near the former Tops grocery store, reports show. On the way to the fire, a caller from the 5700 block of West Avenue gave more specific directions, the report said: It was a garage fire at 5422 West Ave.

When firefighters arrived at 4:53 a.m., they found a fully involved detached garage, the report said. The building had collapsed and was mostly consumed, firefighters said. The garage and the house were vacant, and no one was injured, firefighters said, noting there were no utilities hooked up to the property. Firefighters stayed on the scene for nearly an hour, looking for hot spots and quelling them with a water hose, the report said. The fire is under investigation.

Despite efforts, the Star Beacon was unable to ascertain the owner of record of the property in question.

Earlier Tuesday morning, firefighters also put out a fire in the 5900 block of Woodman Avenue, according to dispatcher reports. Wooden pallets inside a greenhouse on Woodman Avenue caught fire, reports said. The fire was reported at 3:18 a.m. Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 3:33 a.m., and no one was injured in that fire, according to dispatcher reports.

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