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House catches fire during move

By:  Star Beacon - Shelley Terry

ASHTABULA — A Main Avenue house was rendered uninhabitable by a Tuesday night fire that spared the tenants, who were partially moved out at the time.

Kathy Morales and her four children had moved one truckload of furniture to their new home in Painesville when they got the news.

“We got all the big stuff out, like the bed and the couch,” she said. “But the kids’ clothes, baby books and dishes were still there.”

Firefighters received a call at 10:55 p.m. of a house fire at a white, two-story home at 5731 Main Ave., according to the Ashtabula Fire Department report. As firefighters in Engine 1 rode the fire truck south on Main Avenue, they could see smoke across the roadway at the south Main underpass, according to the firefighter’s report.

Upon arrival, they encountered heavy smoke on the first floor, the report said. The fire had already advanced to the second floor and attic, the report said. Waterlines were set up and run to all four sides of the structure, including an aerial operation from the ladder truck.

Firefighters battled the blaze for nearly three hours in frigid temperatures, calling the third-shift workers from the city’s public works department to put some salt down on the area, said Dom Iarocci, superintendent of public services.

No one was injured in the fire, the report said.

Morales said Wednesday she was grateful her family was not home at the time. She was going to the American Red Cross for help, she said.

Robert Peterlin is the owner of the property, according to the Ashtabula County Auditor’s Web site. The property loss was estimated at $40,000, according to the report.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the report.

Anyone who would like to help the Morales family should contact the Red Cross.

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