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Blaze guts home

By JOE CENTERS • Updated Dec 29, 2017 at 10:55 PM

A house at 1068 Ridge Road appeared to be gutted following a fire Tuesday afternoon.

The cause and origin of the fire are unknown but the house, just south of Hanville Corners Road, sustained “heavy damage” from the blaze, according to  Fairfield Volunteer Fire Chief Ed Eden.

“When we drove out of it flames coming out of three windows,” Eden said. “We had 17 men there and then called Monroeville for mutual aid right away and they had a dozen or so that came out to help and we called Willard for a tanker truck.”

Despite the heat, the fire chief said the crews battled the fire efficiently and had a “really good, quick knockdown.”

“In about 10 to 15 minutes probably we had it knocked down,” he said. “We were there about three hours total.” 

Huron River JFD Chief Tom Beck said his men agreed the fire was an easy one to take care of.

“I wasn’t there but they said the fire was knocked down when they got there and they just helped with overhaul — getting to the hot spots,” Beck said. “We assisted them and I believe they got back about 6:30 p.m. (about an hour and a half later).”

No injuried were reported and Eden said the family told firefighters they safely removed their family cats, which were inside.

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