Fire demolishes 3-car garage; two nearby garages saved

A three-stall garage behind North Washington Street was reduced to a pile of charred debris after an early morning fire Sunday.

The Rome Fire Department is investigating the cause.

The alarm was raised at 4:22 a.m. and responding firefighters found a fully involved three-stall garage behind 511 N. Washington St., fire officials said. The flames were so intense that they had already began to spread to two other nearby garages, which were packed closely together.

"They did stop the spread of the fire to the exposures," said Deputy Fire Chief James M. Kirk. "Then they extinguished the main fire."

Kirk said there was one vehicle inside the garage, as well as law and garden equipment. The flames were knocked down by 5 a.m., officials said. The garage and its contents were a total loss. The fire department remained on the scene dousing hot spots and cleaning up until after 8 a.m.

The property is owned by N. and J. Norelli, of 1301 N. George St., according to city tax records. No one was injured in the fire.