NEWARK, Ohio (WCMH) — A two-alarm fire has destroyed a garage and damaged several other structures in Newark Sunday night, the 19th of the year.
According to officials at the scene, the fire started on the unit block of Wyoming Street at approximately 6:50 p.m.
Newark Fire Chief Patrick Connor said in addition to the garage, some nearby carports also caught fire, and siding was either melted or completely burned off neighboring homes. In total, the fire damaged eight or nine neighboring structures.
According to Connor, it was put out quickly once firefighters arrived and no one was hurt.
Of the 19 fires in Newark so far this year, Connor said most have been caused by some sort of human act and some have been arson.
“We’ve always been a busy fire department, but it is hard on our crews,” he said. “It’s hard on our apparatus, it’s hard on the community as a whole. Right now, we’ve got people in the community that are wondering what’s going on and we’re working very hard to figure that out.”
The cause of Sunday’s fire is still under investigation.
Just after this scene was cleared, Newark firefighters had to go put out a car that was on fire.