Unity man loses a lot in garage fire

NEW WATERFORD — A Unity Township man lost his garage and a camper in a fire on Wednesday evening.

New Waterford Fire Chief Greg Van Pelt said his department was notified at 7:15 p.m. after a neighbor reported the fire at 46557 state Route 14.

Van Pelt said the garage is owned by Eric Peterson and that his neighbors first noticed the fire and then alerted him after calling it in.

The fire was fully involved when firefighters from New Waterford, East Palestine, and Negley arrived. Assistance at the scene was also provided by the Columbiana Fire Department.

Van Pelt said the detached garage was a decent size and was close enough to the home that it caused the siding of the home to melt, although the fire did not extend to the home. It did extend to a camper that was parked beside it, however.

Van Pelt said the garage and camper are a total loss and that Peterson has insurance on both the garage and the home. He was not sure if the camper was insured.

A Kubota tractor and a few four-wheelers were able to be saved from the garage, but the rest of what was inside was destroyed, which included vehicles, a welder and a lot of tools, Van Pelt said.

“It was just your basic mechanics garage,” he said.

It took firefighters about an hour and a half to have the fire under control. Crews has to refill the tanker trucks at a hydrant in Columbiana due to the property being located back a long lane.

Van Pelt said there were no problems during the effort and no injuries reported. Columbiana firefighters did provide relief manpower due to the heat and humidity.