Crews keep chimney fire from getting worse

Negley Lt. James Buckius (center) along with firefighters Sam Reidy (left) and Kevin Minamyer (right) work to make certain firefighters had extinguished the fire in the roofline between the larger portion of the house and the smaller area on the end at a Carter Road residence. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)

NEW WATERFORD — A chimney fire in a log home off of Carter Road brought firefighters from four departments on Saturday afternoon.

New Waterford Fire Chief Greg VanPelt said when firefighters arrived there was smoke coming from around the chimney and along the roof line nearby, which is between the larger part of the home and a smaller portion on the end.

The owner of the home and property, Rusty Rogers, said the part of the home at the end is an enclosed porch with a bedroom above it.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it spread to the rest of the home, which is insured. Rogers said it appears he will have to replace the roof on that part of his home and clean up some water.

Although it is located back a long lane, firefighters were able to take advantage of a lake on the property, drawing enough water to quickly help fight the fire.

Van Pelt said while the end of the driveway is in the New Waterford territory, the long lane actually leads to a home in Middleton Township. New Waterford, Negley and East Palestine responded to the fire and asked for additional manpower later from Lisbon firefighters.

VanPelt said they also asked Springfield Township firefighters to stand by at the Unity fire station in case another emergency was to occur in Unity Township while the three departments serving the township were at the fire on Carter Road.

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