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Cause of house fire under investigation

February 11, 2011
OBSERVER Staff Report

A mid-afternoon fire in the city of Dunkirk's Fourth Ward put six people temporarily out in the cold Thursday.

The Dunkirk Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 34 St. Hedwigs Ave. at 3:15 p.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke conditions on the second floor of the one-family house owned by Catherine Munson. The fire was contained to a second floor bedroom with crews using a 1 inch hand-line to extinguish the fire.

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No one was injured when fire broke out in a second-floor bedroom of this St. Hedwigs Avenue home Thursday afternoon. Six people were displaced as a result of damage caused by the fire.

The occupants were out of the house when fire crews arrived. Firefighters were able to locate two cats that were in the house and safely remove them.

The fire was extinguished in 15 minutes with crews remaining on the scene for approximately one hour.

The five adults and one child who were displaced by the fire received emergency assistance from the American Red Cross after the agency was notified.

The cause of the fire was under investigation by the city and county Fire Investigation teams.

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