July 26, 2014

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Back-to-back blazes strike in Sheffield

SHEFFIELD — Back-to-back fires that nearly destroyed two Sheffield homes kept firefighters busy most of Saturday night and well into Sunday morning.

This house on Kevin Street in Sheffield was gutted by a fire early Sunday morning. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

This house on Kevin Street in Sheffield was gutted by a fire early Sunday morning. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

The first fire happened around 8:35 p.m. Saturday, when residents inside 4881 French Creek ran out of the house after noticing a fire. It’s believed the fire began outside the home, then traveled into the garage and eventually inside the home through the attic, according to Sheffield fire Capt. Bryan Huge. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, he said.

As crews were leaving the scene of that fire around 12:04 a.m. Sunday, another call came for a fire off Kevin Street near Abbe Road.

“Flames were already shooting out of the roof when we arrived,” Huge said. “We made a real quick search then got out because conditions weren’t real good.”

Nobody was inside the home and crews from Sheffield Lake, Sheffield Township, Elyria Township and Avon assisted Sheffield firefighters in knocking down the flames. It isn’t clear where the fire started or what caused it, but what is known is that it spread throughout the house and attic, laying claim to almost the entire roof.

“Both houses are not livable,” Huge said.

Huge said firefighters were able to tackle the second fire so quickly because of an automatic response agreement the village has with the four other departments, which assist when there’s a working structure fire.

Contact Adam Wright at 329-7155 or awright@chroniclet.com.