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Fire displaces seven

Seven residents were displaced from their homes by a fire shortly before midnight Monday at a 437 E. Chillicothe Ave. duplex.

Firefighters of the Bellefontaine Fire reported the fire was not suspicious nor the result of a resident’s mistake, but they are unable to say yet what started the fire in a back room of the upstairs apartment.

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Little damage can be seen from the outside of 437 E. Chillicothe Ave. from an overnight fire that displaced seven people from the duplex. Bellefontaine firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire.

Owners Anthony and Deborah Johnson had learned that day of an electrical issue regarding blown fuses and they had scheduled an electrician to look at and fix the problem, according to fire reports.

No one was home in the upstairs apartment at the time, and all of the residents below made it out safely.

A neighbor living along Stanley Street noticed flames coming from the roof and called 9-1-1, according to Bellefontaine Police Dispatch logs.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the second floor and attic. However there was water damage throughout the structure.

They estimate the damage at $30,000 to the structure and $6,000 to the contents.

Bellefontaine employed an engine, ladder and grass trucks along with a squad, the chief’s vehicle and the prevention truck. Tri-Valley Fire Department sent an engine and personnel while Lakeview Fire Department sent a grass truck and personnel.

Crews were on the scene for 3 1/2 hours.

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