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City Firefighters called to Benedict's store


By:  Shelley Terry - Star Beacon

ASHTABULA - - An upstairs apartment fire brought firefighters to Station Avenue Thursday morning.

Smoke billowed from a second-story window at 7:59 a.m., when firefighters from Engine 1 and Ladder 1 arrived outside Benedict's Confectionery, 3812 Station Ave., and forced their way into the first floor door, according to the Ashtabula Fire Department report.

Firefighters ran upstairs and forced their way into a second-floor apartment where they extinguished a trash can fire in the kitchen, the report said.

The firefighters also opened a window for ventilation, while another firefighter searched the other apartments for any occupants, the report said.

The apartments were clear and no one was injured in the blaze, the report said.

Businessowner John Benedict said the store was not damaged in the blaze. The store is on the first floor of the two-story building. His son stays in the second-story apartment, where the fire originated, he said.

Engine 1 personnel opened the wall and ceiling in the kitchen to check for fire, while Ladder 1 personnel set up a fan for ventilation and checked the attic for fire, the report said.

Firefighters left the scene at 8:47 a.m., the report said.

Thursday afternoon, Benedict said he did not have an estimate of damages.

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