Atwood Fire Department Battles two early morning Fourth of July fires

(Gary Nieter / Times-Union)

The Atwood Fire Department fought an electric water heater fire and a garage fire early on the Fourth of July.

The first fire happened after midnight at a Warsaw home on County Road 700 W. Atwood Fire Captain Randall Byrer tells the Times-Union that two occupants made it out safely thanks to smoke alarms.

“Smoke detectors do save lives,” he said.

Byrer says the cause of the fire was an electrical short in the water heater, and damage was contained to the water heater and smoke. No injuries were reported.

Then at Atwood firefighters responded to a garage fire on Crystal Lake Road in Warsaw.

Captain says the garage is a complete loss and two vehicles inside of it were damaged, along with the other contents. He estimated damage was over $100,000, but said the owner was able to back out one of the cars from the garage, which had a cracked windshield and smoke damage.

The cause is unknown and still under investigation. About 20 firefighters were on scene for about three hours.