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No injuries in Maynard fire

MAYNARD — Although two people were inside the residence when a fire broke out in Maynard, both escaped unharmed.

Barton Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kirk Smolenak said the fire occurred just before 6 p.m. Tuesday on Loretta Ave.

“We received the call at 5:48 p.m. There was a house fire with visible fire showing when we got the initial call. When we got on scene the fire had made its way through the roof of the home,” he said.

Smolenak said there were two occupants inside the residence when it caught fire, however both were able to exit the home unharmed.

The Barton VFD received assistance from the Colerain, Cumberland Trail and Harrisville fire departments. It took firefighters around 20 minutes to distinguish the flames, although they remained on scene for a couple hours.

“It (the fire) was under control in about 20 minutes and we were on scene for a couple of hours hitting hot spots; but the initial bulk of the fire was knocked out in about 20 minutes,” Smolenak said.

Smolenak added that, unfortunately, the house was destroyed in the fire.

“It’s pretty much a total loss,” he said.

The Ohio fire marshal was called to the scene but was unable to identify the cause of fire.

“We had the fire marshallcome in. He determined the fire cause as undetermined. He was unable to tell where exactly the fire started,” Smolenak said.

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