Clarendon man feels lucky to escape garage fire

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 March 2015 at 2:05 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers – Firefighters work to put out a fire in a garage on Fancher Road in Clarendon at about 1 p.m. today.

CLARENDON – Joe Blair leaned on a pickup truck and watched a life’s collection of tools and a restored 1938 Chevy owned by his father go up in flames.

“At least it’s not a life,” Blair said at about 1 p.m. today while firefighters brought a garage fire under control.

Holley firefighter Rick Cary sprays water on the fire.

Blair was welding in his garage, behind his mother Rose Blair’s home at 4244 Fancher Rd. The car he was working on quickly was engulfed in flames. Blair was surprised how fast the fire spread.

“I’m lucky I got out,” he said. “It went up so quick.”

The dispatch call went out at 12:31 p.m. Dark smoke spewed from the scene.

Several fire companies responded to the blaze and kept it from spreading to the house next door.

A Fancher-Hulberton-Murray firefighter enters the garage after the flames were put out.

This provided photo shows flames shooting out of the garage.