BAZETTA TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WYTV) – Fire crews from five Trumbull County departments spent an hour getting a machine shop blaze under control Wednesday afternoon.
The thick, black smoke could be seen from miles away.
The garage fire was reported around 3:15 p.m. at 2216 Niles-Cortland Road. Firefighters said the garage had been modified into a machine shop and is a total loss.
Bazetta firefighters said all of the equipment inside the shop was destroyed, as was a car parked outside. The fire also spread to the house, causing heavy heat and smoke damage, and firefighters had to open the roof to fight the blaze.
No dollar estimate on the damage was available, but firefighters said it will be “significant.” No one lived in the house and it was being used for storage. The owner’s parents lived down the street, firefighters said.
Firefighters said they had a difficult time fighting the fire because the garage’s metal roof collapsed onto the equipment and had to be cleared away to douse it with water. In addition, the owner had large wood piles surrounding the garage that he used for heat, so crews had to extinguish the wood fire as well.
Fire crews from Bazetta, Howland, Cortland, Champion and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station remained on the scene until nearly 8 p.m. putting out hot spots and investigating.
There were no injuries. State Route 46 between North River Road and McCleary-Jacoby Road was closed for several hours while crews battled the flames.