Thursday, October 02, 2008


Sheffield Township – A late morning fire caused $65,000 dollars in damage and has displaced a family of five.

Chief Joe Bandagski of the Sheffield Township Fire Department said they received a call of a possible house fire on Harrison Ave at 11:43am Thursday morning. “When we arrived on scene we found smoke coming from the home and fire off the back of the house. We forced entry through the front door and found the fire in the rear corner of the living room area.”

Judy Smith, who leases the home with her husband and three children, was away at the time according to the Chief dropping off her child to school. “Her plan was to go visit her mother after dropping off her child but she received a call from a neighbor telling her that her home was on fire.”

Although electrical appliances, including a computer, were found in the back corner of the home where a bulk of the fire was located the Chief did not speculate on the cause of the fire. “It’s too early right now to say what caused the fire, our guys are still doing overhaul – the investigation will come next and then we’ll find out what started this fire.”

The American Red Cross was called to assist the family.

Sheffield Village and Elyria Township Firefighters assisted in battling the blaze.



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