In the afternoon hours of Wednesday, May 13, the North Royalton Fire Department was dispatched to a home on the report of a fire. The call came in at 4:20 p.m. by a passer-by for a fire at a home at 3005 Sprague Road.
There were two teenagers that were in the home at the time. They were frantically coming out of the house, at the time the call came in” according to North Royalton Fire Chief, Bob Chegan. “The origin of the fire was in the garage area. This was a fast moving fire. Once it ignited, it went really fast.”
“That is one of the longest points of the city to get to,” said Chegan. “Since we have auto-aid, mutual aid was immediately called for Broadview Heights and Parma.” He noted that the house, which is located at the corner of Perl Court and Sprague is actually in Broadview Heights, but the call came into the North Royalton Fire Department. Chegan noted that “technically, we ran the call, we were first on. After the investigation ensued, then Broadview Heights took over. But, no matter what city got it, it wouldn’t have changed anything.”
“Ladder one and engine two responded and by the time responded, the house was fully involved,” said Chegan. “We went right to a defensive operation and started three lines, so we knocked the fire down quickly.” The fire was contained in about 20 minutes. The Fire Departments then stayed on to ensure that hot spots did not re-ignite the fire.
“Luckily, no person was injured, but the family did lose some pets, unfortunately,” noted Chegan.

Contributing Writer