When residents tried to stay inside for the blizzard-like conditions Dec. 20, the Chillicothe firemen were called out to fight a garage fire.
A neighbor on First Street reported shortly after 9 p.m. seeing flames shooting out of the garage near the alley at 1312 N. Second St.
The garage was used as a workshop, Chillicothe Fire Chief John Myers said, and was totally destroyed. Possibly due to the snow and 50 mph gusts of wind, the fire may have burned faster due to receiving more oxygen, he said.
While parked at Second Street and Truitt Avenue, Myers said he could see the flames shooting above the tops of the houses in the area.
The garage was situated near the alley between First and Second streets, and burned hot enough and was in close proximity to burn other things. Another garage about 3 feet away showed signs of its vinyl siding burnt, and a 1990 Chevy van parked next to the garage was also damaged.
The cause is listed as undetermined, Myers said, although a wood-burning stove was used to heat the garage, which could possibly be to blame. The owners were not at home, and no one was injured.
At least 20 to 25 firemen responded to put out the fire, and the Mossville station was called as well, with firemen helping those who slid off the roadway between Mossville and Chillicothe on their way to town.
Myers estimated $6,000 to $7,000 in damages to the structure, but the contents were heart-breaking to the owners, who had restored a relative’s 1995 Harley Davidson Wide Glide. A Chillicothe police report also listed a 42-inch television and miscellaneous Christmas presents in the garage, according to Tamara N. Cruse.
Three police officers were called to assist with traffic control in the area.