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Fire heavily damages house

Aug. 06, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

By CURTIS JOHNSON

HUNTINGTON -- An early morning house fire destroyed a significant portion of a house Monday in the 1800 block of Jefferson Avenue.

Dispatchers received word of the fire at 1 a.m. Witnesses described seeing the flames from a block away, as is typically the case on a clear night in the city, said Huntington Deputy Fire Chief Ralph Rider.

The deputy chief credited crews with quickly extinguishing the flames. He said early indications are the fire started at the front of the house, however a cause has not been determined. It remains under investigation.

Rider estimated about 50 percent of the house, mainly its front half, sustained fire damage. Remaining portions received smoke and water damage.

No injuries were reported. Indications were the house was for sale, and nobody was home at the time. It was unclear as to how long the residence had been vacant.

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