Make that six fires in four days the Tallmadge Fire Department has responded to in the past four days.
The latest, according to Fire Chief Pat Gaffney, was reported at 10:25 a.m. today at 1241 Fenn Road.
On arrival, Gaffney said fire units discovered heavy smoke conditions from the back of the one-story wood frame home. Upon entry, firefighters found a working fire in the family room area of the house. Gaffney said the fire was extinguished and under control in 20 minutes.
The occupant, he said, had escaped prior to the fire department’s arrival.
“He said he was sleeping in a back bedroom and was awakened by a smoke detector,” Gaffney said.
Firefighters found the occupant attempting to extinguish the fire and as a result, he experienced some smoke inhalation. Gaffney said he was evaluated by EMS on scene, but he refused transport to a medical facility.
Gaffney said the preliminary investigation indicates bedding material and combustibles left too close to a wood burning stove were the cause of the blaze. The fire caused extensive damage to the house and its contents. The estimated dollar loss is still pending.
The resident’s two children were not home at the time of the fire.
The family is in contact with the Red Cross and Tallmadge Good Neighbors.
Tallmadge firefighters received mutual aid from the Mogadore and Brimfield fire departments.
A compilation story of all the fires that occurred in Tallmadge over the past four days will be featured in Sunday’s Express.