Fires damage homes in Dover, New Philadelphia
Firefighters left the aftermath of a fire in Dover to battle a blaze in New Philadelphia tonight. No one was injured in either fire. COMMENT1 0
TimesReporter.com staff writer
Posted Apr. 23, 2015 at 8:10 PM
Firefighters left the aftermath of a fire in Dover to battle a blaze in New Philadelphia tonight. No one was injured in either fire.
Dover firefighters extinguished a fire at 215 E. Third St., assisted by New Philadelphia firefighters and a Smith Ambulance crew after the fire was reported at 4:40 p.m.
Dover Fire Chief Russ Volkert said crews were wrapping up at the scene, when a fire was reported at 6:40 p.m. at 1337 Kaderly Ave. NW, New Philadelphia. When firefighters from both departments arrived there, they found a fire on the porch of the residence. New Philadelphia police also responded.
New Philadelphia Fire Capt. Matt Tharp said homeowner Pamela Ellwood was smoking and tried to put out her cigarette in a potted plant before going inside the home. The fire had started by the time she returned outside. She then tried to put out the fire with water, but the fire spread to half of the porch. A living room window shattered, but firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire before it reached inside the two-story wood frame home.
Tharp said a preliminary damage estimate is $10,000 to $15,000.
The fire in Dover caused substantial damage to the structure of the second and third floors of the house, Volkert said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No damage estimate or names of the residents were available.
“The fire was well involved when we arrived,” Volkert said of the home within a block east of the fire station.
“We quickly put it out, but there was a lot of heat, smoke and fire damage to the third floor, which is a finished attic,” he said. “There was water damage to the second floor, and to the duplex on the other side.”
He said two adults and three or four children were in the other duplex unit, and no one was at home in the unit that was heavily damaged by the fire.
He said the residents of both units of the two-story wood frame house were unable to immediately return to the building.
“It’s uncertain how long they’ll be out, because of the structural damage and the roof probably will have to be replaced,” he said.
Dover firefighters were assisted by New Philadelphia firefighters on scene for about two hours before going to the other fire.
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