The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

May 3, 2013

Containing the blaze

Firefighters save FirstEnergy distribution center

GENEVA —  Fearing damage to an electrical substation that distributes power to much of Geneva, firefighters rushed to extinguish a fire at a FirstEnergy storage building on West Street on Thursday morning.

The initial call to 911 at 8 a.m. indicated the substation, located between UH-Geneva Medical Center and The Geneva Shores nursing home, was on fire, Geneva Fire Chief Doug Starkey said.

“There was heavy fire showing upon our arrival,” Starkey said. “We did fear that the sub-station was involved, which would have been a real problem both in fighting the fire and the possible disruption of power to the city.”

Starkey said firefighters made entry to the storage shed next to the substation and began to fight the fire with water and foam.

“We got this fire under control quickly,” he said. “It was very efficient work.”

The shed, located at 19 W. St., housed snow plows and huge rolls of electrical cables.

“This shed isn’t used very much,” Starkey said, “so there isn’t much in here.”

After the fire was out, firefighters stayed at the scene to tear off some of the building’s roof.

“We are tearing the ceiling down because there was extension of fire to the ceiling rafters,” he said. “Re-kindling is always a concern.”

Starkey said investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire and assess the amount of damage caused to the structure and its contents.

No one was injured in the fire and firefighters from Saybrook Township and Madison fire departments provided mutual aid at the scene.

Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza