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Published: Saturday, 4/19/2003

Central city house razed after 2nd arson fire

A second arson fire in as many days at a central Toledo house led to its demolition yesterday. No one has been arrested in connection with either of the blazes, arson Investigator Dale Pelz said.

The fire at 1607 Milburn Ave., which was reported just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday, appeared to have been ignited by a road flare that was tossed into the rear of the house. Because of a fire there the previous day that caused $5,000 damage, the floors re|mained soaked with accelerant and the fire spread rapidly.

Damage was estimated at $85,000 and demolition crews yesterday began tearing the house down, the investigator said.

A family of five next door, at 1611 Milburn, escaped from their home unhurt after the fire jumped to their attic, causing $12,000 damage, Mr. Pelz said.

On Wednesday, an arsonist poured a flammable liquid throughout the house at 1607 Milburn, igniting it from a nearby alley. Owner Damiene Boles, 30, was not home Thurday, because of the fumes left from the accelerant in the first fire, the investigator said.

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