By John Edwards
Six fire departments took part in extinguishing a house fire at 5514 Schuller Boulevard in Sheffield Village at 11:15 a.m. Sept. 28. According to a press release from Sheffield Village fire Chief Jeff Young, the department responded to a 911 report of a fire next to a house at that address. One Sheffield Village firefighter/paramedic, one Sheffield Lake firefighter/paramedic and two Avon firefighters were transported to a hospital for treatment of minor neck and back injuries after a ceiling collapsed in a room where the four firefighters were working. The four were treated and released Monday.
Chief Young’s press release said that the department, responding to the 911 call, arrived on scene to find the attic space of the home belonging to Chris and Nichole Bodzenta fully involved in fire. Young said that, in addition to the Sheffield Village, Sheffield Lake and Avon fire departments, the Avon Lake, Elyria Township and Lorain fire departments also responded to the house fire alarm to provide mutual aid. The Elyria Fire Department responded to another location in Sheffield Village to handle a different emergency while the fire was being fought.
Young reported that three crews attacked the fire inside the house while the others doused the blaze from outside the structure. They were able to contain the fire to the attic space. The smoke detectors in the house operated properly so the three occupants of the home were able to exit before firefighters arrived, though the family cat was still inside. The cat was subsequently rescued by firefighters who were attacking the attic fire.
The fire was knocked down in 18 minutes but the fire crews spent an additional two hours overhauling the fire scene. Aside from the attic, the rest of the house incurred water damage. Young said a preliminary investigation shows that the fire started outside the house near a wood pile then spread up the back of the house through the eaves and into the attic. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation by Sheffield Village fire scene investigators. Young said Monday night that damage was significant but an exact dollar estimate was not available.