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Fire claims garage, machinery of Parks Township lawn care business

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Sunday, April 6, 2014, 12:11 a.m.

Thousands of dollars worth of equipment and tools were lost when fire destroyed a garage in the Kepple Hill section of Parks Township on Saturday afternoon.

The fire, behind 1130 Highland Ave., was reported to 911 about 12:30 p.m.

The garage housed mowers, trimmers and tools used by Dennis Majercik, owner of DLM Contracting, a lawn care business.

A motorcycle and hot tub inside the garage and a car parked outside were among the possessions damaged or destroyed.

No injuries were reported.

Parks Township fire Chief Jay Start said the fire's cause was not known but it did not appear suspicious. Majercik said he had burned boxes in a pit near the garage earlier in the morning, but was convinced the fire was out before he left.

Neighbors who Majercik said witnessed the fire said it appeared to have started inside the garage.

“My whole business is in there, and more,” Majercik said. “The loss is significant.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-226-4701.



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