Firefighters Battle Blaze For 45 Minutes On Sherman Avenue

  • 1/14/2019 7:15:47 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - A fire that broke out at a residence Monday evening had firefighters battling the blaze for over 45 minutes.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Mark Sieving, crews arrived to find heavy amounts of fire coming out of the building's second story. The flames worked their way up the home, engulfing the entire second floor. Firefighters made entry, but due to the building's nature as a multi-family dwelling, the additional walls made fighting the fire more difficult.

"This type of construction leads to worse things happening," Sieving said. "Because of the way they built this house, the fire tends to run the walls straight to the attic, which is exactly what happened here. We kind of expected that, so that was our first strategy - get people in the attic."

With heavy fire on the second and third floor and flames shooting through the roof, the fire took a while to get under control but was eventually taken down by the conjoined efforts of the Mansfield Fire Department. According to Sieving, the building's owner had only recently acquired the home and was working on restoring it before the fire broke out.

One family that was living in the home escaped without injury. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.

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