The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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November 13, 2013

History crumbles

Medina Journal-Register — A small part of Medina’s history crumbled to the ground Monday night when the carriage house belonging to the vacant home at 228 Park Ave. collapsed in a fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation as of Tuesday evening. Both the Medina Fire Department and the Medina Police Department are looking into it.

Police Chief Jose Avila said several individuals have been interviewed regarding the fire and the department is looking at at least one possible suspect who may have had something to do with the blaze.

The alarm for the fire sounded at 6:08 p.m. Monday when the Village of Medina Fire Department responded. Shortly thereafter, Medina was joined by an engine from Shelby and a Firefighter Assist and Search Team from Lyndonville.

According to information provided by the Medina Fire Department, the carriage house had buildings flanking it on both its west and south sides. The west side was a homeowner’s freestanding garage and the south side was the vacant house.

The report from the fire department said a second alarm went out, bringing Ridgeway to the scene with an engine and more manpower. COVA was also at the scene.

In combating the fire, Medina Truck 40 extended its ladder to attack the flames from above. This was done to both fight the fire and to protect from further exposure, according to the fire department report.

Soon after the aerial water stream was established the carriage house collapsed.

Firefighters continued to battle the blaze after the structure collapsed and managed to put most of the fire out soon thereafter. The fire was contained to just the one building, despite the collapse hitting the next door garage. The garage was undamaged, the report said. 

According to the report, Medina’s Department of Public Works brought in heavy equipment to help ensure that all of the smoldering piles of the remaining structure were extinguished completely.

Additional reporting by Howard Balaban, staff reporter.

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