Outside burning sparks Northwest Street house fire

Corry firefighter Jerred Hodak uses the department’s aerial ladder truck to reach the back of a house at 231 Northwest St. Sunday evening. Contributed photo by Larry Scofield

A Corry man extinguished a fire that started Sunday night when he was burning wood outside and the fire spread to the house.

Corry Fire Department responded to 231 Northwest St. at 5:46 p.m. for a possible structure fire. The fire started when the home’s occupant, John Rudolph, was burning lumber and scrap wood outside in the backyard.

The fire got out of control and spread to the upper back of the house, where shaker shingles on the upper level caught on fire and melted the shingles.

By the time firefighters arrived on scene, Rudolph had the flames knocked down by using a garden hose. The fire was still smoldering, so firefighters used the aerial ladder truck to reach the upper level of the house. Firefighters also checked for anyplace the flames could have extended into the house.

No injuries were reported.

Jeff Burrows owns the three-story wooden house that is currently under renovation.

Due to the hot weather, Corry Fire Department called Elgin-Beaverdam Hose Co. and Columbus Volunteer Fire Department to assist with additional manpower. Columbus’ rapid intervention team were also called to the scene for firefighters’ safety.

Corry Fire Department was back in service at 7:13 p.m.

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