Fire causes heavy smoke damage, residence livable

A basement fire at an East US 224 residence Saturday morning caused heavy smoke damage to the structure.

Lonnie Jaynes, Asst. Fire Chief of Attica-Venice-Reed Fire Department, said firefighters responded to the ranch-style residence, located at 12231 E. US 224, around 10:30 a.m. for the report of a basement fire.

AVR firefighters were assisted at the scene by the Republic Fire Department and were able to knock down the fire within minutes, Janes said.

“Our crews were right on scene and got the fire knocked down quickly,” he said.

Jaynes said fire damage was minimal, but smoke damage was reported through the basement area and on the upper floor. He said the residence is livable.

Jaynes said a dehumidifier in the basement was the origin of the fire, but it is undetermined how it started.

He said the resident had working smoke detectors at the time of the fire.

“Luckily in our case, working smoke detectors made a difference and alerted the resident,” Jaynes said.

Jaynes said the resident was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

According to a Seneca County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman,

Attica EMS also assisted at the scene.