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Firefighters called to house for 2nd time this year

By:  Star Beacon - Shelley Terry

ASHTABULA - - A late-night blaze in a basement Sunday brought firefighters to a house on Spencer Avenue for the second time this year.

Firefighters were called at 11:02 p.m. to a fire inside a vacant two-story wood-frame house at 3828 Spencer Ave., according to an Ashtabula Fire Department report.

No one was injured, the report said.

When the firefighters arrived on the scene at 11:06 p.m., they saw a fire in the basement and flames traveling up the outside of the rear of the building, the report said.

Engine 1's engineer hooked up to a hydrant at the corner of Spencer Avenue and West 38th Street, the report said. The engine's crew took a hose and moved to the rear of the building to extinguish the blaze. They broke the basement window to put out the basement fire, the report said.

Engine 3's crew entered through the front door and searched both floors of the house. On the second floor, firefighters opened the attic space against the rear wall and discovered a small fire and extinguished it, the report said.

Firefighters plugged in an electric fan to clear the smoke out of the house before leaving the scene at 12:08 a.m. Monday, the report said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but neighbors said a fire earlier this year occurred when homeless people found shelter inside the structure and then accidentally set the house ablaze.

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