City garage fire requires assistance from township

East Liverpool firefighter Tim Grantz uses a flashlight to look over the rear of a Riverview Street house where the vinyl siding was melted from a blaze in its detached garage Saturday night. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)

EAST LIVERPOOL — With much of its third alarm crew already out on a hazardous material incident Saturday night, city firefighters responding to a garage fire were assisted by Liverpool Township firefighters.

The hazmat unit had been dispatched to a truck crash just before 7 p.m. on state Route 11 involving the leakage of diesel fuel into a creek, leaving three firefighters on duty at Central Station, according to assistant Chief David Edgell.

When the alarm sounded at 9:33 p.m. for a structure fire at 1208 Riverview Street, Edgell said, “We could see smoke clear from Bradshaw Avenue. We called Liverpool Township Fire Department, and we thank them for coming so quickly.”

Firefighters arrived to find flames licking out the rear door of a detached garage, already melting the siding on the nearby house, owned by Anthony Ross. The occupant, Lee Tilton, was not home at the time of the fire.

The blaze was quickly contained to the garage, causing no damage to the interior of the house. Edgell said there were no vehicles inside the garage.

A firefighter twisted his ankle while battling the blaze but did not require medical treatment, Edgell reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.