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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

3 Homes Damaged By Fire

Three houses were damaged by fire that officials say was started by a child playing with matches.

Firefighters were sent to a house in the 1200 block of Jefferson Street at about 6 p.m. Saturday, August 20, 2011. They arrived to find the house engulfed in flames.

Heat and flames were already damaging the homes on either side of the fire address as well.

The fire was brought under control in about 45 minutes. Firefighters remained there for about four hours.

Fire Marshal Mark Crooks said a child went into an abandoned home and started a fire by playing with matches.

The child escaped and was not hurt.

One of the neighboring houses sustained about $2,500 in damage to the exterior. The house on the other side of the fire address sustained about $10,000 damage plus $700 damage to the shed.

Both of the damaged neighboring homes are insured.

Crooks said no criminal charges will be filed.

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