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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 27, 2014

House fire displaces five

By David Hotle | Feb 03, 2014
A burnt piece of furniture sits in front of the house that was the scene of a fire Friday evening. The Washington Fire Department reports the fire was contained to one room.

The Washington Fire Department was called Friday evening at about 6:36 p.m. to reports of a house on fire at 613 N. Fifth Ave. in Washington.
On arrival, firefighters located a blaze in one room of the house. Washington Fire Department Captain Craig Rembold said today that the cause of the fire is yet undetermined.
Five people reportedly lived in the residence. The call log from the Washington County Communications Center reported that all five were out of the residence when firefighters arrived. In addition to the fire department, Washington police officers and Washington County Ambulance responded. No one was transported. Rembold said that the fire department had requested mutual aid from Ainsworth Fire Department, but later canceled the request.
“Due to the cold, it is good to have manpower on scene for rehabilitation,” Rembold said.
The fire was extinguished. Rembold said he is unsure of the amount of water used to fight the fire, but said that it wasn’t much. He said the fire was contained to one room. He also said that two other rooms had suffered heat and smoke damage. He did not have a dollar estimate of the amount of damage that occurred, but said that the house was insured.
On the scene today, several children’s toys were visible in the front yard along with the burnt remains of what appeared to be a couch.
The Washington County Communications Center reported that the names of the owners had not been released yet. The call log reported that the local Red Cross is assisting the occupants.

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