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Cuyahoga Falls house damaged by kitchen blaze; mower, dryer lost in smaller fires

by STeve wiandt | REPORTER Published: September 7, 2016 2:26 PM

Cuyahoga Falls -- Damage to the structure and contents of a residence that caught fire at 2373 Liberty St. on Labor Day was approximately $80,000, according to city Fire Marshal Tim Mier.

There were no injuries.

Fire crews were called at 1:24 a.m. Sept. 5 by a neighbor. The occupant evacuated his 1 1/2-story home, but left without his phone, Mier said.

"It was a kitchen fire that involved a patio enclosure in back of the kitchen with some extension to attic space," he said. Mier said the cause was undetermined as of Sept. 6, but he had "suspicions" he didn't want to elaborate on at this time. The last fire suppression unit cleared the scene at 7:08 a.m., Mier said, adding the occupant declined any relief services of the American Red Cross.

On Sept. 3, the fire department was called to two smaller fires, both caused by self-heating events. The first call was at 6:27 p.m. to an attached garage at 989 Elizabeth Court. Mier said the origin of the small blaze was a bag of grass clippings that "spontaneously ignited from self-heating."

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Mier said heat can build up in a bag of grass clippings, and in this case, the bag had been in the garage for a week, and at some point was moved, opened and closed, agitating the contents and allowing oxygen to enter in.

Damage was estimated at $500 including the replacement of a lawn mower. No one was injured. Crews were cleared by 7:03 p.m.

At 8:21 p.m., crews were called to a commercial building at 3585 State Road where a load of kitchen towels from a restaurant caught fire inside a clothes dryer being operated by a laundry service, Mier said. He said the towels had traces of vegetable oil in them that could not be completely washed out.

"It's an odd phenomenon we see about once a year," Mier said, adding similar scenarios occurred in recent years at a pizza shop and a high school.

There were no injuries in the laundry fire. Damage was estimated at $800 for a new dryer. Crews were cleared by 9:45 p.m.

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