Troy firefighters work from a neighbor’s backyard to extinguish a fire that started in a South Boulevard resident’s garage.

Troy firefighters work from a neighbor’s backyard to extinguish a fire that started in a South Boulevard resident’s garage.

Photo provided by the Troy Fire Department


Garage with 5 cars inside substantially damaged in fire in Troy

Residents, home unharmed by blaze

By: Jonathan Shead | Troy Times | Published July 13, 2021

 Extensive, overgrown brush at the site of a garage fire on South Boulevard prevented firefighters from fighting the flames from the front of the property.

Extensive, overgrown brush at the site of a garage fire on South Boulevard prevented firefighters from fighting the flames from the front of the property.

Photo provided by the Troy Fire Department

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TROY — Residents living on the 500 block of South Boulevard, near Montclair Drive, were awoken early July 1 to find the detached garage that sits behind their home, housing five vehicles and a large number of combustible materials, in flames.

Multiple Troy Fire Department crews and Alliance Mobile Health EMS responders were dispatched to the fire around 7:15 a.m. to find plumes of smoke coming out of a medium-size single-story garage.

Due to the highly combustible nature of the scene, as well as large, overgrown brush and other obstacles, firefighters could not access the fire from the residents’ property, limiting their ability to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters at the scene had to access the fire through the yard of a neighbor on Montclair Street. Once crew gained access from the backyard, they used multiple hoses to control and extinguish the fire, followed by operations closer to the source of the fire to ensure it was out. Crews were on-site for approximately three hours.

The residents and their home were unharmed by the fire, but one Troy firefighter had a minor medical emergency on-site due to the heat. The firefighter was treated at the scene. He’s since returned to work.

The occupants were able to return to their home after firefighters put out the fire, but due to “substantial damage” to the garage, a Troy Fire Department press release states, the city’s building department is prohibiting access to the structure until repairs to the garage are completed.

The department is still computing the damage the fire caused, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

For more information, call the Troy Fire Department at (248) 524-3419.

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