GENEVA — Nine fire departments battled a fully involved structure fire along Route 534 on Friday evening closing the road for about five hours, said Geneva Fire Chief Dale Arkenburg.

Arkenburg said the “first-arriving” units all reported a working structure fire in a two-car garage attached to a two-story home at 1569 Route 534. He said it was a “two-alarm” fire which brought firefighters from Geneva, Harpersfield, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Saybrook Township, Madison, Perry, Ashtabula, Ashtabula Township and Austinburg Township to the scene.

“Upon arriving on the scene we were advised all the occupants [were out of the home] except a dog,” Arkenburg said. He said the dog died in the fire.

Arkenburg said there were a lot of “void spaces” that the fire snuck into that were hard to pinpoint and eradicate. He said the garage was a total loss and there was heavy damage to the house due to fire, smoke and water.

Most of the fire departments were able to leave the scene around 2 a.m., when the road was reopened, but a crew was kept on scene to knock down “hot spots” until just after 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

“There was some radiant heat damage to a neighboring structure, but no fire damage,” Arkenburg said. He said the cause of the fire is unknown and being investigated by the Ohio State Fire Marshal. He said there were two male occupants who are staying with relatives.

“Red Cross was called and responded to the scene and talked to the family,” he said.

Arkenburg said the garage, and its contents, were a total loss but he had no idea of the monetary overall damage to the home itself.

The home is located just north of the Harpersfield Township border near the Green Ridge Road intersection.

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