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Bula residence damaged in early morning fire


By:  Star Beacon - Warren Dillaway

The two story home, owned by a Jefferson resident, incurred significant fire and smoke damage resulting in the house being boarded up Saturday morning, according to a press release from the Ashtabula Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived on the scene at 5:05 a.m. (four minutes after the call was made) they found fire coming from the back part of the first floor and smoke billowing from the second floor and attic, the report states.

The fire started in a rear first floor bedroom and extended into the kitchen and up a wall to the second floor. It also burned into the cellar, reports show.

An occupant of the home was not injured in the incident and no firefighters were harmed, reports show.

An off duty Ashtabula crew and firefighters from Ashtabula Township and Saybrook Township responded to the call, reports state.

Hose lines were used to fight the fire on the first and second floor.

The fire was placed under control at 6:10 a.m. by Ashtabula Fire Chief Ron Pristera and the last city crews arrived back at the station at 7:31 a.m., reports show.

The fire is under investigation by the departmentís fire prevention bureau.

Ashtabula Police handled traffic control in the area and an ambulance from Community Care stood by during the blaze.

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