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Firefighters awaken sleeping resident in dead of night.

By:  Star Beacon - Shelley Terry

ASHTABULA ó Neighbors called city firefighters to 505 W. 41st St. early Thursday, according to an Ashtabula Fire Department report.

Upon arrival at 2:31 a.m., firefighters discovered a blaze in the attic and an occupant inside the 2 1/2 story wood-frame house, the report said.

As firefighters tried to get in through the front door, they woke up the occupant, who came out the side door and told them no one else was inside the home.

The occupant was not injured.

Firefighters found it difficult to reach the attic fire because of limited space, the report said. Eventually, the fire was brought under control.

Firefighters from Ashtabula and Ashtabula Township fought the blaze for two hours in extremely cold temperatures. The frigid weather led to a minor injury when a city firefighter fell down several ice-covered stairs, firefighters said. The name of the firefighter will not be released, the report said.

The attic and second floor sustained heavy damage from fire and water, rendering the home uninhabitable and causing $25,000 in property loss and $5,000 in loss of contents, the report said.

Firefighters disconnected all of the utilities, and the water was drained from the plumbing system to prevent further damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, firefighters said.

The home is owned by Edward J. Kane, according to the Ashtabula County Auditorís Office.

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