Fire damaged a downtown home early Saturday afternoon after it spread from the patio outside. There were no reported injuries. Two people are displaced because of the fire.
Fire dispatchers received numerous calls at 1:48 p.m. that a house at 1200 Franklin Ave. (on the corner of Franklin & Maryland Parkway) was on fire. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire in the rear yard of the one-story wood frame/stucco house. The fire was being driven by southerly breezes pushing it against the house, eventually starting the house on fire.
Firefighters were hampered by entering the backyard because of junk and debris, so they shot water into the backyard from their fire engine parked in the street. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down and they were able to move some items to gain access to the backyard, they were able to quickly bring the fire under control.
On the rear of the house facing a swimming pool, the house had large plate glass windows from ceiling to floor. With flames burning on the windows, the windows broke and allowed the fire to enter the home damaging about one quarter of the interior. The fire did not enter the attic. Damage was estimated at $75,000.
Fire investigators ruled the fire accidental, starting on a very large glass table on the patio near the pool. Occupants told investigators that three people were sitting there smoking prior to the fire. Fire investigators could not rule out the possibility of careless smoking.
E4,10,1,201, T1, R204, CB8, EMS1, AR1, B1,2, PIO1, 6i1, 6i6, 6i11 Incident: 2168525
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