Washington fire causes severe damage to home

By Juliette Laaka | Feb 03, 2013
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Washington — A fire in Washington Feb. 2 caused $45,000 worth of damage to a home on 634 Old County Road, said Washington Fire Chief Tom Johnston.

The homeowner was taking a nap around 6:30 p.m. when he awoke to sounds and smoke and called for help.

There were no smoke detectors in the home, and Johnston said the homeowner is "very lucky to be alive."

There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but a wood stove in an addition to the home is a probable cause, Johnston said.

The main house sustained some smoke and water damage but the addition — where the fire started — was destroyed.

Crews from Union, Liberty, Somerville and Jefferson responded as mutual aid to Washington and were on the scene for about four hours.

Johnston said there is no need for a home to be without a working smoke detector, and added the Washington Fire Department will provide residents with free detectors.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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