A riding mower is being blamed for a garage fire in Texas Township.


A riding mower is being blamed for a garage fire in Texas Township.

White Mills Fire Chief Kenny Batzel says they were toned out Sunday afternoon at 2:56 p.m. for a structure fire on Reinhardt Hill, just behind the Halfway House restaurant.

The garage was fully involved when they arrived.

“One of the firemen told me flames were shooting out 30 feet in the air. I got on scene shortly after that,” Batzel said.

Along with a lawnmower, a car was parked inside the garage as well as various tools and other miscellaneous items, the chief said. 

Asked if the lawnmower had recently been used, Batzel said the homeowner had only just parked it.

“Somebody called in seeing smoke coming out of the garage, and then flames after that,” the chief said.

Most of the fire department members were at Cricket Hill Golf Club for the 1st Annual White Mills Centennial Golf Tournament when the tones went off. White Mills is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in September.

“The 10 or 12 guys left behind got there pretty quick,” the chief said.  
Batzel says the two-car garage is still standing; however, it was completely gutted with all inside contents destroyed. 

More than 30 firefighters responded from White Mills, Beach Lake, Honesdale, and a tanker out of Seelyville, along with Honesdale EMS and White Mills Fire Department Ambulance.

Utilizing water from a tanker and engine, they also laid large diameter hose to the nearby Goyette Pond.

Though able to knock the fire down in 10 to 15 minutes, Batzel said they remained on scene “going through all the debris. Overhauling took a little while.”

The chief suffered a sprained ankle at the fire, after jumping off the back of a fire truck.

Dyberry Township fire
Honesdale Volunteer Fire Department was called to a small barn fire Monday morning, 8:42 a.m., at 303 Upper Woods Road in Dyberry Township.

Honesdale Deputy Fire Chief Brian Dulay declined to give the owner’s name.

Dulay says the barn was completely down when they arrived.
“When we arrived on scene, (the fire) had almost extinguished itself,” he said.

“We contacted the State Police Fire Marshal’s unit and the utilities,” Dulay said. “It was in close proximity to a telephone pole.”

Asked what was stored in the barn, Dulay said, “I believe it was just storage, a typical garage-type storage ...lawnmower, things like that.”
No word on what caused the blaze.