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Fire destroys garage, damages home

Damage was estimated at $100,000 as the result of a wind-fanned fire that spread from a Kenmore garage Saturday night to the house next-door.

The fire, which was reported at about 8:30 p.m. in the detached garage at 135 Knowlton Ave., spread to a home at 139 Knowlton, said Brendan J. Kiefer, chief of the Kenmore Fire Department.

"Prior to our arrival, the wind was driving the fire to 139 Knowlton," Kiefer said at the fire scene.

"Kenmore police are investigating the cause of the fire. It's unknown right now what started it," Kiefer added.

In the meantime, the owner of a Warren Avenue home to the rear of the fire also summoned firefighters, fearing that flames were spreading to his property.

Members of the Ellwood and Brighton companies were dispatched to Warren Avenue to battle the blaze from there and prevent the fire's spread.

Sheridan Park and Kenilworth companies also were summoned to assist.

"In older neighborhoods where the houses are close together, the fire can spread pretty quickly," Kiefer noted.

The garage at 135 Knowlton was destroyed. Kiefer estimated the loss, including contents, at $60,000.

The homeowner said a vehicle was parked in the garage.

The fire caused about $40,000 at 139 Knowlton, mostly to the side and rear of the structure.

Neighbors said a couple and two young children live at 139 Knowlton.

They left the house safely, officials said.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated in Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

The blaze was brought under control in about an hour.

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