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Old wiring believed cause of house fire

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

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Brazil City Fire Chief Tobey Archer and firefighter Chris Moon put out a fire Monday morning in the kitchen area of Lorri Davis's home at 608 Burns St.

Monday at 10:23 a.m. the Brazil City Fire Department was called to the scene of a house fire that began in the kitchen at 608 Burns St.

While mowing the yard, a neighbor saw smoke and flames billowing out of a window of Lorri Davis' home and called 911.

Upon arrival two minutes later, firefighters were unsure of Davis' location and began to search for her.

The fire quickly spread to the front room and upstairs while heavy smoke made the loft bedroom area inaccessable during the first search, but after firefighters were able to get water on the flames, a secondary search of the entire house was possible.

"No one was at home at the start of the fire," Fire Chief Tobey Archer told The Brazil Times. "That's how it got a little ahead of us."

The home's old wiring is most likely the cause of the fire, according to Fire Chief Archer, but it is still under investigation.

The Brazil City Police Department assisted on the scene as workers from Cinergy/PSI and Vectron inspected the utilities as a precautionary safety measure.

Fire Chief Archer said that the extensive damages from smoke, fire and water would probably surpass the value of the home.

How to help:

To donate items to help Lorri Davis, who lost everything when her home burned, please call her mother, May Davis at 446-2423.

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