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

by STeve wiandt | REPORTER Published: September 11, 2016 12:00 AM
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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.

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.

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Mier said he returned to the scene on Sept. 7 and took a closer look with an investigator hired on behalf of the insurance company. The final ruling on the cause will be "undetermined, cannot rule out electrical activity secondary to failure of wiring in the stud space where the main electric panel was located," Mier said.

Two minor fires

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."

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.

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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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