Vehicles destroyed in Belleville fire

BELLEVILLE – No one was injured in the fire that destroyed the contents of a metal garage on Naylor Road in Belleville Wednesday evening.

The Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call of a garage fire at 200 Naylor Road in Belleville at 6:39 p.m. Wednesday, said Lubeck Fire Chief Mark Stewart.

One Lubeck engine, assisted by one Blennerhassett Volunteer Fire Department tanker truck, arrived at the residence and metal garage owned by Phillip Naylor at 7:09 p.m., Stewart said.

The fire was under control within minutes, although not before it destroyed a 1997 Dodge Caravan, a 1999 Geo Tracker and a 1953 John Deere bulldozer that were parked inside, Stewart said.

The garage was 28-feet wide by 40-feet long and made entirely of metal, Stewart said. While the garage survived the fire intact, everything inside was destroyed, he said.

The fire remains under investigation, although early findings point toward the Dodge Caravan catching on fire while Naylor was performing work on the vehicle, Stewart said.

Recent weather had reduced the road leading to the fire to thick mud, Stewart said.

“I jumped off the truck and sank in two feet of mud,” Stewart said.

Firefighters used the Blennerhassett tanker truck’s on-board supply of water, as well as extinguishing foam, to fight the blaze, Stewart said.

The mud proved to be more of a challenge than the fire itself, Stewart said. He described it taking more than an hour to return the two fire trucks to the main road, because of becoming stuck in the mud repeatedly once the fire was out.