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Displaced renters thankful to Fairgrove's support after fire destory building

Mary Drier

Fri, 29 Nov 2019 11:51:42 EST

 


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Although two Fairgrove families couldn't celebrate Thanksgiving in their residence at 2044 N. Main Street because it was destroyed by a fire, they had a lot to be thankful for.

They lost everything in a Tuesday morning fire, but they escaped uninjured and none of the firefighters were hurt.

The two families are thankful for the the community that has rallied around to support them, for the donations of household items, and for the go-fund-me account that has been set up - .Go-Fundme Account

Several factors came together that helped keep the families safe and the fire from spreading.

First it was the sound the fire made when it started.

"The renters said they heard a bomb and when to check it out. They saw a fire in the back of the stove and going up the wall. She woke everyone up to get out," explained Fairgrove Fire Department Chief Doug Young. "The fire was in the back apartment so that area was a total loss. The front apartment had a lot of super heavy smoke and some water damage. The heat was so intense plastic items - like the TV - in the front apartment started melting.

"They were happy because we were able to save a lot of their stuff. We took tarps and put that over some stuff to help keep it from water damage. They were thankful for that."

The call about a structure fire in Fairgrove came in at 7:07 a.m., which is a bad time for fire emergency.

"It's a bad time because a lot of our guys were on their way to work, and they had to turn around and come back to the fire hall. It's a tough time because of manpower," Young said.

Although fire departments from Akron, Caro, Reese, Unionville and Vassar were called in to help Fairgrove, the calls were mostly for manpower and for water.

"You may only get three or four guys from each department at that time of the morning be everyone is on their way to work, or at work," said.

Plus, having enough water to fight a fire in Fairgrove is an issue because the community doesn't have a municipal water system and residents use wells. When fighting a fire there, dump tanks are used, which are like big pools that hold 3,000 to 3,500 gallons of water. Getting enough water and fast is always a major concern whenever there is a fire in that community.

Even though he doesn't believe the fire to be suspicious, Young still called the state fire Marshall to investigate.

"I called him to see if his thoughts about the fire are inline with mine, and he knows if there are recalls on appliances, and he can tell if it was electrical from old wiring or a short," he said. "To me, it looks like the fire started in the stove area, went up the wall and into the ceiling."

Those who live in the back apartment were the fire started didn't have insurance, and the renters in the front apartment did.

Young believes the building will be deemed a total loss.


And, those that know the history of the building said its structure prevented the fire from being much worse.

The building was built about 1905 and was originally a Ford dealership that Henry Ford regularly visited. As a dealership, vehicles were showcased downstairs, and vehicles that needed repair were taken upstairs by an elevator so the second floor was cement, and the building is made out of cement blocks.


DONATIONS

Clothing items needed for the families include:

Men's pants 29 x 32 pants and medium size shirts.

Women's extra large pants and shirts.

2x or size 18 20 pants women's

2x shirts women's

10 men's shoes

8 women's shoes

8 1/2 shoes women's

For the other family, the items that are needed include:

men's XXL and l XL shirts -sweatpants.

Women's medium and large shirts and sweatpants.

Size 11 and 8.5 men's shoes

Six 7.5 and 10 Women's shoes.

And, McAlpine's Insurance, 7 N Hinson Rd., Fairgrove, will accept donations and get them to the families.


   


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