February 7, 2016


Lorain firefighters injured battling house fire

LORAIN — Firefighters survived a close call battling a house fire 3103 Colorado Ave., called in at 4:47 a.m. Saturday.

There were flames and heavy smoke coming from the second floor when firefighters arrived at 4:52 a.m., according to a Fire Department report. Heavy flames initially prevented firefighters from getting to the second floor. As they retreated from the first floor, a ceiling collapsed on four firefighters, causing minor injuries.

Capt. Todd Kieswetter said Sunday that the fire, which displaced at least three residents, was contained around 6:30 a.m. and extinguished at 7:38 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Kieswetter said it isn’t believed to be suspicious.

The home is at the intersection of Colorado and Pennsylvania avenues.

The fire caused roughly $40,000 in building damage and $15,000 to belongings. The 1,066-square-foot, wood-framed home was built in 1952 and had a market value of $54,000, according to the Lorain County auditor’s website. The home is owned by Timmy Phillips.