November 24, 2014

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UPDATED: Woman hospitalized after Sheffield Twp. house fire

A woman was injured after her Elfleda Street house caught fire. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

A woman was injured after her Elfleda Street house caught fire. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — A Sheffield Township woman remained hospitalized Wednesday evening after fire broke out in her home.

Christine Dyer, 60, was transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center on Wednesday morning for smoke inhalation, according to her son, Brian Stewart. He said she was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland for further evaluation Wednesday evening.

Stewart, 24, said Dyer has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other breathing disorders from exposure to asbestos. All of her medication was destroyed in the fire, he said.

“They’re just checking on her breathing and everything, so hopefully she’ll be able to come home soon,” Stewart said. “She was not burned or anything, they’re just trying to control her breathing and get everything back in order.”

The Sheffield Township Fire Department was called to 1670 Elfleda St. at 7:15 a.m., according to Chief Joe Bandagski, and crews got the fire under control in about 20 minutes.

There were no other people or animals in the house, Bandagski said.

Stewart said the home is owned by his grandmother, Marie Stewart, and Dyer was renting it. He said various family members have rented the home from his grandmother over the years and seeing it destroyed is like seeing a part of his life disappear.

Stewart said all of his mother’s belongings were destroyed, including her medical records and important documents. Stewart had started moving out of the home several weeks ago and said most of his belongings were destroyed, too.

“It’s all gone,” Stewart said. “We salvaged maybe a cardboard box full of items. It’s just tragic. It’s been sinking in all day because some things can’t be replaced. It’s like your whole childhood and everything goes up in flames.”

Stewart said his mother should be OK, and that’s the most important thing to remember.

“That’s the only thing I’m really worried about,” he said.

Sheffield, Sheffield Lake, Elyria Township and Avon fire departments provided mutual aid.

Bandagaski said firefighters believe the fire started in the living room and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

According to the Lorain County auditor’s website, the home was valued at $30,730.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or jwysochanski@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonWysochanski.