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Press Release  Update on Two Bondsville Fires

For immediate release:
3/18/2021
  • Department of Fire Services

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Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer

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BONDSVILLEIn the early morning hours of Sunday, March 14, 2021, the Palmer Police and Bondsville Fire Departments responded to a fire at 135 Griffin Street in Bondsville. The home had totally collapsed and the owner’s car was in the driveway, which caused concern that he might be trapped inside. Fortunately, he was later found safe and sound. The second floor fireplace was in near continuous use over several months for heat with no chimney maintenance. It is likely there was a chimney fire or an ember escaped from the fireplace, however, given the extent of the damage, an exact cause cannot be determined.

On the afternoon of Sunday March 14, 2021, the Palmer Police and Bondsville Fire Departments responded to a fire at 3182-3184 High Street in Bondsville. The building was being remodeled from a side-by-side duplex into a single family home. The fire started and was contained to a second floor room. The cause of the fire is consistent with burning ritualistic material such as sage and incense. One family member alerted all other residents to the fire. Everyone escaped unharmed. There was some delay in calling 9-1-1.

Detectives from the Palmer Police Department, members of the Bondsville Fire Department and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal jointly investigated both fires.

These fires are not connected to each other.

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