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Monday, July 18, 2011

Township Home Damaged In Overnight Fire

An overnight fire did $34,000 in damage to the residence at 612 Bonair Ave.

Madison Township firefighters got the call at 3:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames and roof failure of the 1 1/2-story home. Firefighters briefly attempted an interior attack but switched to an exterior attack because of the potential for collapse.

The fire was under control at 4:21 a.m. with fire damage limited to the upper half story. There also was water and smoke damage throughout the first floor.

The residence is occupied by owner Terri Ward, one other adult and one child. All had gone to a late drive-in movie and then night fishing and were not home at the time of the fire. The Richland County chapter of the American Red Cross provided assistance for the residents.

Fire Lt. Matt Wurgler partially fell through the porch roof but was not injured.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. The state fire marshal’s office is investigating. Mifflin and Franklin township fire departments provided mutual aid.

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