Man dies in Hubbard Twp. fire

The fire was reported at about 7 a.m. Friday at 1938 Stateline Road.

A man has died in a fire in Hubbard Township, Ohio.

HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – A 24-year-old man died Friday morning after a fire at a Hubbard Township garage, which spread to the above apartment. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating what caused the fire, although it says right now it appears accidental.

The fire was reported at about 7 a.m. at 1938 Stateline Road.

24-year-old Joshua Parkany lived there and was killed.

His mother made one of the 911 calls.

“The garage where my son has his apartment — he’s in there,” she told dispatchers.

The building is owned by Susan and Jerry Parkany, Sr., according to the auditor’s website.

Eagle Joint Fire District Lt. Rich Wittkugle said when crews showed up, flames were coming from the building. Brookfield, Liberty and surrounding fire departments were called in to provide mutual aid.

“The reason we called for mutual aid is because there are no fire hydrants on State Line Road, so we needed to run a water shuttle,” Wittkugle said.

Wittkugle said it didn’t hurt crews’ ability to fight the fire, however.  The Eagle Joint Fire District carries 1,000 gallons of water in each of its trucks, and four engines were on scene.

Still, he called the mutual aid a huge help.

“We appreciate every one of our jurisdictions and everything that they do for us,” Wittkugle said.

The building is a complete loss.