Firefighters respond to 3 Monday morning fires

Staff report

Urbana firefighters and their mutual aid partners responded to three morning fires on Monday.

At 6:22 a.m., firefighters arrived at 233 Dellinger Road to find a detached garage engulfed in flames. The heat of the fire damaged the exterior of a two-story house and some vehicles before being extinguished, according to Urbana Fire Chief Dean Ortlieb, who added that no person or animal was injured in this or the other two fires.

Box 13 supported fire operations at the Dellinger Road site.

Urbana Fire Capt. Jason Croker and the state Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the Dellinger Road fire. The property is owned by John A. Dellinger, according to the county auditor’s website.

While fighting the Dellinger Road fire, a fire was reported at White’s Ford, 1246 N. Main St. West Liberty firefighters were contacted to respond to this second Urbana fire and found a car engulfed in flames.

While Urbana firefighters were extinguishing the Dellinger Road fire and West Liberty firefighters were extinguishing the Main Street fire, a third fire was reported, this one at Ultra-met, 120 Fyffe St. The Urbana Fire Division again called for mutual aid, this time from the JSP Joint Fire District, St. Paris.

While JSP was responding, West Liberty firefighters cleared crews from White’s and also responded to Ultra-met, where the fire was contained to a furnace.

Damage amounts were not available from the Urbana Fire Division on Monday.

“Well trained personnel and collaboration from all three fire departments kept damage to a minimum,” Chief Ortlieb said of the morning responses.

Staff report