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Fire Destroys Oolitic Home

Last updated on Thursday, March 15, 2012

(OOLITIC) - A fire destroyed a home at 300 Lafayette Avenue in Oolitic Wednesday night.

Tylor Russell, Miranda Poole and the couples' 11-month-old boy escaped the blaze after a neighbor told them smoke was coming from their attic.

"There was heavy black smoke was coming out of the vents when we arrived and within a couple of minutes flames were shooting out the back of the attic area," says Jason Lewis Oolitic Volunteer Fire Department Chief. "The attic was fully involved in a very short time."

Lewis says the fire was contained to the attic area.

"The family was able to get out some pictures and other personal items," he added. "But there is heavy smoke and water damage throughout the house. We had to pull down the ceiling in a couple of places to get to the fire."

The couple does not have insurance and will need the communities support.

"They are a young couple and have a small child and this is going to be rough on them," Lewis says. "They are going to need some help."

Lewis says the fire started in the attic on the back side of the house. The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but he believes it is electrical in nature.

The firefighters were on the scene for more than three hours.

Marshall and Shawswick Volunteer Fire Departments assisted at the scene. Tops I provided food and drink for firefighters.

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