Fire destroys shed on Elwood Street


A blaze on Elwood Street destroyed a shed and all its contents Sunday, according to Rome Fire Department officials.

Firefighters were able to contain the flames so that there was just minor damage to the nearby home.

Deputy Chief Timothy Reilly said the fire department received an alarm that was called in by the homeowner and neighbors for 920 Elwood St. at 5:07 p.m. Sixteen fire personnel responded, along with the aerial, three engines and a rescue rig.

Upon arrival, the 10-foot by 15-foot wooden shed in the rear yard of the residence was engulfed in flames, Reilly said.

“Heavy black smoke was visible from Erie Boulevard as crews responded,” the deputy chief said.

Due to the intense heat, the siding on the rear of the residence melted, he said.

It took about 9 minutes to deem the fire under control. The shed and all its contents were a total loss, which included a lawnmower and yard equipment, along with gasoline and a propane cylinder.

About 1,000 gallons of water was used to quell the blaze and protect the house from further damage, Reilly said. Two women were treated at the scene for breathing-related issues, he said.

Cause of the blaze remains under investigation. The home is owned by Paul J. Ruggio.


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