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Attempt to warm engine ignites car fire inside Wellsville garage instead

By The Herald Staff | 1/8/2014

WELLSVILLE — A 2001 Oldsmobile was damaged in a fire inside a metal shed Monday afternoon south of Wellsville.

The vehicle, which was parked inside a 12 foot-by-24 foot detached metal shed at 3351 K-33, caught fire after the homeowner placed a small propane heater in front of the vehicle in an attempt to keep the engine compartment warm, Ed Ouellette, Culter Township Fire Department chief, said.

WELLSVILLE — A 2001 Oldsmobile was damaged in a fire inside a metal shed Monday afternoon south of Wellsville.

The vehicle, which was parked inside a 12 foot-by-24 foot detached metal shed at 3351 K-33, caught fire after the homeowner placed a small propane heater in front of the vehicle in an attempt to keep the engine compartment warm, Ed Ouellette, Culter Township Fire Department chief, said.

“[The heater] consequently melted the bumper, igniting the engine compartment of the vehicle,” Ouellette said. “We were told the garage door was cracked open a couple of inches, but the garage door opener was directly above the engine compartment, so when the engine burned, it melted the garage door apparatus completely apart, causing the garage door to shut. And when it shut, it pretty much choked the fire out. When we arrived, there was still smoke coming from the building.”

Cutler firefighters received aid from firefighters with the Wellsville, Richmond and Potawatomie Township fire departments, according to a Franklin County Emergency Management report.

The engine compartment of the vehicle was burned, but the remaining contents of the car were still intact after the fire was put out. The shed sustained some smoke damage, but was intact and usable, Ouellette said.

The homeowner was at the residence at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries suffered during the fire, Ouellette said. The detached shed is roughly 100 feet from the home on the property, and the house was not damaged, he said.

Ouellette was unable to provide a damage estimate.

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