A 9-1-1 call to the Marshall County Dispatch Center sent Plymouth, Polk and LaPaz fire departments to the home of Richard and Karen Markley at 17250 9th Road at 5:10 p.m. The caller said the attached garage was totally engulfed. As fire crews arrived on the scene flames were shooting through the roof of the garage.
Plymouth Fire Chief Andy Metsker said the fire has been ruled accidental. Richard was working in the garage and accidentally spilled gasoline. An LP heater in the garage still had a pilot light on and ignited the fuel causing the fire to spread rapidly.
Firefighters were on the scene for more than two hours and no injuries were reported.