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Firefighters respond to West Seventh Street house fire Monday


By:  Star Beacon - Warren Dillaway

ASHTABULA — Smoke billowed through the sky Monday night as neighbors snapped pictures from the street and firefighters poured water on a home at 1634 W. Seventh St.

Smoke could be seen pouring from both sides of the second floor of the home, which apparently was not occupied, as the siding melted down the side of the building.

Nancy Patete arrived on the scene around 10:35 and identified herself as the home’s owner. She said she had taken a prospective renter through the home on Monday and returned when a neighbor called and told her the home was on fire late Monday evening. Patete said it is a rental property and it had not been occupied for three to four months.

Ron Pristera, Ashtabula fire chief, said firefighters were still searching the home but it appeared there wasn’t anyone in the structure. Firefighters were still fighting the fire at 10:45 p.m., with smoke still pouring from the structure.

Two engines and a ladder truck responded to the fire along with several police officers. Several city vehicles blocked the West Seventh Street intersection at Lake Avenue.

The fire call came in around 10:15 p.m. with flames pouring from the windows. Pristera said there was heavy smoke when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Numerous neighbors lined the street, watching firefighters enter the building and searching to see whether anyone was inside. Several people were taking pictures from the sidewalk on the north side of the street.

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