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Ardmore Fire Department responds to fire at unoccupied residence

Sierra Rains
srains@ardmoreite.com
The Ardmore Fire Department responded to a fire at an unoccupied residence Monday morning. Around 30% of the home was damaged and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Ardmore Fire Department responded to a fire at an unoccupied residence Monday morning.

AFD Training Officer Jason Woydziak said firefighters received a call at around 10:40 a.m. concerning smoke coming from the roof of a house located in the 400 block of E St. NW.

“We arrived on scene and found heavy smoke coming from the house and flames coming out of the east on the backside of the house,” Woydziak said.

Woydziak said no one had been living at the house and there were no injuries in the fire. Firefighters had the fire out in about 15 minuets after arriving on scene.

Around 30% of the house was damaged with the fire spreading through one room and into the attic.

“At this time we’re not really sure if it’s a total loss,” Woydziak said. “There’s been houses where I thought, ‘Oh they can repair this’ and then they tear it down a week later.”

Woydziak said the home still appeared to be structurally sound. However, it can sometimes be cheaper to demolish a damaged building due to insurance costs.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. “We’re not leaning towards intentional or arson or anything like that, we’re just not sure exactly what started it, but it did look unintentional,” Woydziak said.