Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The accidental fire caused almost $45,000 in damage.
The Solon Fire Department put out a house fire on Glen Allen Drive Monday night, but no one was injured. The fire was reported at 10:54 p.m. and was put out in less than 20 minutes. The homeowner smelled smoke, woke up his wife, called the fire department and got out of the home. According to Fire Chief Bill Shaw it was accidental and started outside the front door of the home by a porch light. It then traveled into the attic area. The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical. Damage was estimated at $45,000.
Friday, April 12, 2013
The information in this report is from the Solon Fire Department.
A home on Fox Hill Drive in Hunt Club caught on fire after it was struck by lightning on Wednesday. No one suffered any major injuries. One resident suffered a minor injury from debris, but declined treatment from paramedics. Fire Chief William Shaw said that the residents of 7042 Fox Hill Drive reported at 5:13 p.m. Wednesday that their home had been struck by lighting and was on fire. Shaw said the garage was burning when firefighters arrived. The fire was out in about 30 minutes. "Due to the large volume of fire, our first-in personnel made the right call by using a larger hose line," Sha said. "That decision certainly helped limit the fire damage to the garage." Residents told fire investigators that before the fire they saw a bright …
Friday, March 15, 2013
The blaze caused about $100,000 worth of damage to the home and items within.
A Solon resident was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries after a fire started in his garage while he was working on his motorcycle, Solon Fire Chief Bill Shaw said. The fire occurred March 9 at 34091 Summerset Dr. At about 12:40 p.m., firefighters arrived to find the attached garage of the home on fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes. The homeowner, who was in the garage, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland to be treated for burns. The fire was an accident, Shaw said. The man was working on his motorcyle's gas tank in the garage when some gasoline from the tank was ignited by a nearby space heater. Damage was estimated at $60,000 to the structure and $40,000 to …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Solon Fire Chief Bill Shaw said that a resident helped discover a problem with the emergency siren system, and that officials are now fixing it.
Solon's emergency siren system designed to blare out over the city to alert residents of an emergency have not been working optimally, said Fire Chief Bill Shaw. A Solon resident helped point out that the sirens were not working well. Shaw said investigations revelaed that because of upgrades to radios, the antennas on the siren towers were not performing as well as needed. Shaw said it's an "intermittent" problem and that the siren in question did work properly this month. Shaw said the city has 13 sirens spread out across the city and that the fix is to upgrade the antennas on the sirens. A rough estimate for fixing the problem is cost of about $5,000 to $7,000. Shaw said that the testing procedures for the sirens are also being updated …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Patrolman Roy Cunningham of Solon Police and Inspector Joe Eisenhuth of the Solon Fire Department won the awards this year.
Editor's Note: This post was provided by the Rotary Club of Solon. Patrolman Roy Cunningham of the Solon Police Department and Inspector Joe Eisenhuth of the Solon Fire Department have been named the recipients of the 2013 Solon Police and Fire Awards, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Solon and awarded at a ceremony at Signature of Solon on January 9, 2013. Fire Department Chief William Shaw announced that Inspector Joe Eisenhuth was selected as this year's Fire Officer of the Year. Inspector Eisenhuth, who has served with the Solon Fire Department since 2002 and as a fire inspector since 2007, is a certified class 4 building inspector. According to Inspector Eisenhuth’s supervisor, “Joe is the easiest employee in the world to doeal with…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The purchase is part a regularly scheduled replacement cycle for ambulances.
The Solon City Council approved the purchase of a new ambulance for the fire department on Monday night. The ambulance, which will cost $214,181, was competitively bid through the state's cooperative purchasing program. The city will ultimately save money by authorizing the purchase now because prices are expected to jump 20 percent in January. The city has a 10 year cycle for replacing ambulances. This new rescue vehicle will replace one that was purchased in 2003.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Solon Fire Chief Bill Shaw said the storm could have been much worse, but city officials were prepared.
Solon is dealing with some downed power lines, fallen trees and some limited access on a handful of roads in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, said Fire Chief Bill Shaw. Bainbridge Road near Solon Road is down to one lane and traffic is slow on Aurora Road near Carrington Court because of some low-hanging power lines. All traffic lights are functioning properly. Shaw said the city is dealing with typical damage, including trees down across the city and some power issues. Shaw said the city initiated some of its disaster plans, but did not have to fully use them. "I’ve been through worse, we were epecting worse, we are happy we didn't have worse," he said. CAUTION: Shaw said that as people start going outside to check on any damage, to stay…
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Come join the Solon Fire Department in celebrating National Fire Prevention Week at the SFD's Open House today.
Come join us in celebrating National Fire Prevention Week at the Solon Fire Department's Open House being held Sunday, Oct. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Open House will be sensational fun and educational for families and friends of all ages. This year's open house is being held at Fire Station #1, located at 5595 Harper Roa. We have Fabulous events planned such as a Live-fire demo, a bouncy house, refreshments, a medical helicopter, fire trucks and fire equipment galore and kids can come spray a real fire hose. Come see where your Paramedic/Fire fighters work, train and provide emergency services for your community. Welcome all!
Friday, October 5, 2012
The information in this report is from the Solon Police and fire departments. An arrest does not mean a conviction.
A Solon rescue squad was tending to injured motorists after a hit-and-run crash on U.S. 422 on Oct. 2 when another car struck a fire department vehicle and then sped off. A witness to that hit and run followed the car into Warrensville Heights, where the witness confronted the driver, removed the keys and called police, said Fire Chief Bill Shaw. Arrested and charged was Melissa Ault, 32, of Avon. She was charged with failure to stop within assured clear distance, drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Ault refused a breathalyzer test, according to the police report. According to Shaw, members of Solon Fire Rescue had responded to a hit-skip crash on U.S. 422 westbound near Harper Rd. at about 10:44 p.m. on Oct. 2. Three …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Solon Fire Department recently conducted a training drill using an old, overturned school bus.
What happens if a school bus overturns in Solon? Solon firefighters recently conducted training on an old school bus to practice how to approach such a crash. The fire department and Solon Schools transportation officials flipped an aging school bus -- that is being phases out of the fleet -- and used it to practice triage, treatment of wounds in confined spaces and evacuation procedures. Check out the photos above to see the training in action. Thanks to Solon Schools for providing the photos.