By Paul Schmitt
A garage fire caused damage to a home west of Algoma on Thursday morning. The Algoma Fire Department was dispatched to N7549 Apple Tree Lane just off Highway 54 around 10 am Thursday. Fire Chief Tom Ackerman says his crews were able to contain the fire in the garage and limit the damage to the house.
Henry Virtues, owner of the home, was the only one at home at the time of the fire and said he saw flames shooting after opening the door to the garage. He was able to save his three dogs and two cats out of the home. Algoma Rescue personnel gave the cats oxygen to revive them, according to Virtues. The cause of the fire has not been determined, according to Ackerman. The Algoma Fire Department remained on the scene until shortly after 1 o’clock Thursday afternoon.