Thursday, December 21, 2000

Officials urge vigilance after three house fires

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Three fires within a 24-hour period have area officials cautioning people to be vigilant for fire dangers as cold winter weather grips the Tristate.

        Felicity Fire Chief Jim Shafer said a wood burning stove or an electrical short near it likely caused a fire on Cracker Box Lane, along U.S. 52 in Franklin Township Tuesday evening.

        The blaze destroyed the home of John Waugh, causing about $60,000 damage to the two-story frame house and its contents.

        In Miami Township, Clermont County, Lori and Steven Chowning escaped a blaze Tuesday afternoon that heavily damaged their two- story brick home on Karen Lane in the Mulberry area.

        Fire Chief Jim Whitworth said the blaze started in the rear of the house and caused an estimated $150,000 damage. Cause of the fire is under investigation. The chief said homeowners should inspect their central heating systems and fireplaces.

        Another fire caused $80,000 damage shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Mike Reynolds home on Dirheim Avenue in Westwood.

        There were no injuries. Fire was confined to the first floor of the two-story home.


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