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Weekend Fire Causes More Than $35,000 in Damages

Woman at Avon Lake home treated for possible smoke inhalation; fire believed accidental

A fire at 111 Highland Ave. in Avon Lake caused more than $30,000 in an afternoon fire Aug. 26. A woman in the home was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation, treated and released the same day.

Chief Glenn Eisenhardt said his department received a call at 1:30 p.m.

“The woman was asleep, taking a nap and the smoke detectors alerted her,” Eisenhardt said.

The home had upgraded smoked detectors that, in addition to sounding an alert, says “fire, fire, fire” and then beeps again.

The woman, after seeing smoke in the upstairs hallway, found the back rear bedroom on fire.

“She used a fire extinguisher which took some energy out of the fire,” Eisenhardt said.

In addition to Avon Lake, departments from and Bay Village responded. The fire was put out within 6 minutes, Eisenhardt said. No other injuries were reported.

“(The woman) was treated and released and is home at this time,” Eisenhardt said.

He estimated damages in the neighborhood of $35,000 – $50,000.

“There was significant damage to the room on fire and heavy smoke damage on the second floor,” Eisenhardt said.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined,

“It wasn’t malicious,” Eisenhardt said. “It’s being ruled accidental but undetermined with electrical issues being the prime suspect.”

According to the Lorain County Auditor’s Office, the home belongs to Jose Hernandez.

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