By SHELLEY GRIESHOP
St. Marys Township firefighters were kept busy Saturday fighting
two blazes including one that caused more than $100,000 in damage
to a Sandy Beach property.
The first call at 5:51 p.m., was a report of a garage fire at
3848 Argonne Drive, the home of Carman and Cheryl Musto. Oil
heating in a turkey fryer in the garage apparently ignited the
building, Fire Chief Stanley Brown said. The couple were reportedly
waiting for the oil to reach the proper temperature when they
spotted flames shooting through the garage door.
Twenty-five firefighters and six trucks responded to the call
and upon arrival found the garage fully engulfed, Brown said.
The fire already had spread to the attic area of the attached
home, he added.
Firefighters attacked the garage from the exterior and the upstairs
bedroom of the home from the inside, removing large amounts
of drywall to help extinguish the blaze, Brown said.
The contents in the upstairs bedroom and another upstairs room
were destroyed and the downstairs kitchen was heavily damaged
by water and fallen ceiling drywall, the report said.
Also lost in the fire was a 1992 Honda Prelude, a 1974 deck
boat and tools stored in the garage. A 1998 Chevy Blazer received
moderate heat damage, he added.
The home was insured but left uninhabitable. The Musto family
has moved to a temporary location and reportedly is being assisted
by family and friends.
Assisting at the scene were seven St. Marys City firefighters,
a pumper truck and squad, as well as four firefighters and an
engine truck from Celina Fire Department.
Within five minutes of arriving back on station at 11:07 p.m.,
the firefighters were called to a second reported garage fire,
this time at the home of Dan Frysinger, 12500 Plattner Pike.
A heat lamp over a dog’s cage in the garage apparently
ignited the building, Brown said.
While attempting to move the cage from the garage, Frysinger
burned his hands and suffered smoke inhalation. He was treated
for his injuries at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital,
The dog did not survive.
Frysinger managed to extinguish the fire before firefighters
arrived and damage was estimated at $300.
Firefighters returned back on station at 11:57 p.m.