August 23, 2014

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Lorain firefighters respond to 3 house fires within 90 minutes

This house at 215 Connecticut Ave. in Lorain was one of the fires the Lorain Central Fire Station responded to Sunday. (CT photo by Ray Riedel.)

Three house fires and a mattress fire over an approximately 90-minute period kept firefighters busy early Sunday. The first fire was called in at 3:54 a.m. at 1940 E. 28th St. on the south side.

Heavy fire was coming from the rear porch and second floor of the two-floor, one-family home when firefighters arrived around 4 a.m., fire Capt. Tom Baker said. It was controlled around 4:20 a.m.

The resident wasn’t injured and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation. It caused $17,000 in property damage and $5,000 to contents.

At 4:40 a.m., a fire was called in at a vacant, two-floor home at 215 Connecticut Ave. on the east side. Baker said the first floor of the home, which was slated for demolition by the city before the fire, was fully ablaze when firefighters arrived around 4:47 a.m. No one was hurt in the fire, the cause of which is under investigation.

At 5:10 a.m., a mattress fire was called in at a parking lot in the at 1904 E 28th St. that was believed to be set. At 5:27 a.m., the department responded to a fire in a two-floor, three-unit apartment building at 122 Arizona Ave. on the east side.

Baker said someone set the fire on steps leading up to one of the apartments that was extinguished by a tenant with a fire extinguisher. Someone had set fire on the steps last week, but Baker said tenants didn’t report it.