BATAVIA — An unattended portable propane heater is being cited as the cause of a Saturday morning garage fire that destroyed the building, a mid-size car parked inside and several tools, according to City Fire Department Captain Marty Hinz.
City firefighters were dispatched to 344 West Main St. at 11:45 a.m. for a reported garage fire. The location is across the street from Settler’s Family Restaurant.
City Engine 11 and Ladder 15 arrived at 11:48 a.m. to find the 20-foot-by-20-foot detached wood frame garage engulfed in flames. Two hose lines were deployed, and the fire was brought under control within 10 minutes, Hinz said.
Destroyed along with the building was a 2014 Toyota Camry and several tools. Two nearby structures received minor damage from radiant heat, Hinz said.
“There is some damage to the neighbor’s fence here, but other than that, the car inside and all the contents of the garage were destroyed in the fire,” Hinz said in an interview from the scene.
City of Batavia Fire Department investigators determined the cause of the fire to be accidental due to an unattended portable propane heater, Hinz said.
There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians.
The Batavia City Fire Department was assisted by the Batavia City Police Department at the scene and Genesee County Emergency Dispatch.