2 fires in 12 hours keep Lakeview firefighters busy

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Firefighters responded to two fires Wednesday, one early in the day and one later in the day, at residences in the Lakeview area.

The first blaze broke out a little before 10 a.m. at 11525 Big Bear Path, Chippewa Park, Lakeview Fire Chief Norm Spring reported.

It started in the front bedroom of the home, and the occupants, a Reynoldsburg couple with the last name Lambert, were at the property at the time, the fire chief said. They escaped the fire and were treated for smoke inhalation by personnel with Indian Lake EMS.

The fire was contained to the front bedroom. While the cause remains under investigation, the chief said it did not appear to be a suspicious fire.

Indian Joint Fire District provided assistance.

Later that day, at about 9:30 p.m., firefighters were called to a second fire at the Geiger Trailer Park, 234 E. Harrison St., Lakeview.

A manufactured home on Lot S5 was engulfed in flames upon arrival, Chief Spring said. The property owners, Leo and Theresa Hangholt, were not home at the time, however.

Firefighters determined an air conditioning unit in the living room malfunctioned and caught fire.

The fire destroyed the home and the couple was assisted by the American Red Cross.

Indian Lake EMS assisted at the scene, but no other fire departments were called for mutual aid.

Firefighters remained on scene until about midnight.