Fire destroys Jasper car, detached garageMarch 19, 2019
From Local Sources
JASPER — A fire early Sunday destroyed a detached garage on Jasper’s west side, along with a car parked outside it.
The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department was called at 3:13 a.m. to the Fred and Gwen Sermersheim residence at 2152 W. Skyview Drive.
Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said the Sermersheim’s hosted a gathering and, at about the time Gwen Sermersheim heard a loud noise, a neighbor called in the fire. The 20-by-30 detached, pole-building garage was engulfed in flames when the department arrived.
The fire left the garage on the verge of collapse so, for safety reasons, the exact cause of the fire will likely be undetermined, according to Hochgesang. The building’s value was estimated at $50,000.
A 2009 Chevrolet Malibu driven by the Sermersheim’s college-age son was parked in front of the garage and was also totaled by the fire.
“Their other vehicles were parked in the side lot due to the gathering they had,” Hochgesang said.
Six trucks and 22 firefighters were on the scene 90 minutes.
The Jasper Police Department assisted, as did a Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services ambulance that was there on standby.
The department followed the weekend structure fire with a Monday afternoon call about a brush fire.
A passerby reported the fire in mulch in the 1700 block of Newton Street at 3:21 p.m.
Hochgesang said Street Commissioner Jeff Theising and Assistant Street Commissioner Scot Eckerle were driving by and also spotted the fire. They put it out with an extinguisher before the department arrived.
Firefighters followed up by spraying the small affected area down with water.
One truck and 17 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.
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