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Ohio, Pa. fire crews help Andover Fire Department fight house fire


Star Beacon

CHERRY VALLEY - - It took five fire departments to extinguish an early-morning house fire Tuesday.

Officials had to close a portion of Route 6 in Cherry Valley for about three hours while crews extinguished the blaze.

Andover Volunteer Fire Department received the report of a fire at 4018 Route 6 at about 6:40 a.m. The two-story wood-frame house had been vacant, according to Chief Doug Jones.

The fire originated in the basement of the house.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the home was showing heavy black smoke, Jones said.

The road was closed because the water hydrant was located across the road.

"We had to run the hoses across the street," Jones said.

North Shenango, Pa., Dorset Township, Wayne Township and Rome Township fire departments all rendered mutual aid.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze within 30 minutes and secured the site, Jones said. The last unit cleared the scene at about 9:45 a.m.

An estimate of damages is unknown, but Jones said the basement was burned pretty badly, and the first and second floors sustained heat, smoke and water damage. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the state fire marshal, Jones said.

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