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From the office of Chief Pristera   2008-02-29

Ashtabula Firefighters were called to 505 W 41st at 0231 today by neighbors. Upon arrival, they discovered heavy fire in the attic of the 2.5 story wood frame home that was occupied at the time. After waking the occupant, firefighters had difficulty reaching the seat of the attic fire because of limited space and access.

The lone occupant of the building was not injured.

Eventually the fire was brought under control; however, the attic and second floor of the building were heavily damaged by fire and water, rendering the home uninhabitable. All the utilities were disconnected and the water was drained from the plumbing to prevent additional damage.

The extreme cold created difficult conditions for firefighters and lead to a minor injury when an Ashtabula Firefighter (name will not be released) fell down several ice covered stairs.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Two engine companies, a ladder company, an investigator and chief (eleven total staff members) responded from Ashtabula. They were aided by an engine company from Ashtabula Township (three firefighters) and an ambulance from Community Care Ambulance Network.

For More Information Contact Ron Pristera @ 992 7186

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