German Township firefighters, assisted by Clifford and Columbus Township firefighters, were able to save a home in the 8500 block of North Farmstead Court when two vehicles caught on fire in the driveway.
Firefighters were called at 1:06 p.m. Thursday and found two vehicles in the home’s driveway on fire about four feet from the house, said German Township Fire Department Chief Matt Lynch.
“My first priority was to keep the house from catching on fire so I instructed the initial crews to wet down the house, then focus their attention to the cars,” said Capt. Jake Goodin, incident commander. “I didn’t want the homeowner to not only lose two cars, but the house also.”
The homeowner told firefighters the family had just returned home in one of the vehicles, an SUV, and saw there was light smoke coming from the engine compartment, Lynch said. However, the family thought it was oil burning from a recent oil change.
After discovering the vehicle was on fire, the family called 911.
Both vehicles were a total loss and several pieces of the home’s siding melted as a result of the fire, Lynch said.
No injuries were reported.
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