November 21, 2014

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Mother, son hospitalized after Oakwood Drive fire



A mother and her adult son were hospitalized after a fire in their home at 859 Oakwood Drive in Elyria that was called in at 5:47 p.m. Monday.

Assistant Fire Chief Gary Burls wouldn’t name the victims, citing medical privacy law, but said their hospitalization wasn’t directly related to the fire.

The cause of the fire, which was contained at 6:33 p.m., is under investigation but is believed to be accidental.

Burls said the fire, which substantially burned the attic, caused about $40,000 in property damage and $10,000 in personal property damage.

According to the Lorain County Auditor’s website, the 1,200-square-foot home, built in 1955, is owned by James Carstensen. The total market value of the land and home is $77,020.


  • Bob Haas

    Once again some of you guys at the Chronicle do not know who you are talking to. Assistant Chief Gary BURLS is with Lorain Fire. Assistant Chief Ron BRLAS is with Elyria Fire and that’s who you spoke to.

    • Zen Grouch

      How sure are you that Lorain firefighters never ever, not in a million years cross that border into Elyria to render assistance?

      I don’t know how close to the Lorain/Elyria border the fire was, but I’d sure as heck look into it before spouting off about the ignorance of others.

      • Bob Haas

        They do go to Elyria but I assure you they were not there for this fire. And if they would have gone the Lorain Assistant chief wouldn’t. Plus he wasn’t even working that day.

        • Zen Grouch

          fair enough…

  • Frank Siegfried

    C’mon Bob…maybe Gary works in Elyria….you know…in his spare time…or the paper messed up. But THAT never happens..wink wink