July 23, 2014

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Fire forces family from North Ridgeville home

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — An overnight fire that began in an attached garage caused an estimated $80,000 damage to an Avon Belden Road split-level home.

No one was injured in the fire, which broke out shortly after 3 a.m. today to the home of Joseph Gordon and his family at 62655 Avon Belden Road.

“It was fortunate in that the address was just a quarter-mile from our main station so we were able to get there quickly,” Fire Chief John Reese said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but does not appear suspicious, Reese said.

Two late-model vehicles inside the garage were destroyed, along with the garage itself.

The home sustained water and smoke damage, and is uninhabitable.

“The family will probably be out of their home for three to four months,” Reese said.

The occupants may stay temporarily with the homeowner’s mother, who lives on the same street, Reese said.

A neighboring house sustained damage in the form of melted siding due to the heat of the garage fire next door.

North Ridgeville firefighters were assisted by crews from Avon Lake and Westlake. A total of 16 firefighters were on scene for about three hours, according to the chief.