Friday, March 21, 2008

St. Patrick's Day Fire

On St. Patrick's Day, mugs of green beer and Guinness were being tipped all across Geauga County. But in Chardon, the mood was dampened by an early-morning fire that claimed nearly all of the city's snow removal equipment.

The municipal road garage on Park Avenue was gutted by a raging fire which destroyed a dozen vehicles.

Officials estimate the damage may be well over one million dollars.

The fire took three hours to extinguish. Firefighters in Chardon were assisted by their counterparts from Concord, Burton, Montville, Kirtland, Chester, and Willoughby Hills.

For this writer, news about the tragic blaze came from my wife. After watching a live report on WKYC-3, I drove to town for a few on-the-spot photographs. By that time, the emergency was under control, and those at work were finishing their difficult task.

WOIO-19 was busy producing their own report as I snapped these photos.


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