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Published: Tuesday, 9/6/2005

Broadway blaze destroys 6 houses<font face='verdana' size='1' color =#CC0000><b> * New * </b></font>

A three-alarm fire destroyed at least six houses in the 2400 block of Broadway this afternoon.

There were no fatalities in the fire that started about 2:15 p.m. in an apartment building at 2419 Broadway and spread through buildings on both sides of the street.

Three firefighters were taken to Toledo Hospital and the Medical University of Ohio for heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Dawn Hairabedian says she lost everything in the fire on Broadway today. Dawn Hairabedian says she lost everything in the fire on Broadway today.
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It was a bit of a blowtorch, Toledo Fire Chief Mike Bell said. He said wind coming off the river helped to spread the fire.

This is the view of the fire on Broadway as seen from a yard on Riverside Drive in Rossford. This is the view of the fire on Broadway as seen from a yard on Riverside Drive in Rossford.
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Thick clouds of smoke could be seen from downtown Toledo, and explosions caused by power lines could be heard in the area.

Chief Bell said it took about two hours to get the fire under control, and the power was cut off in the area for the rest of the afternoon as firefighters continued to work on the scene.

Toledo firefighters are dwarfed by massive flames as they fight the fire on Broadway. Toledo firefighters are dwarfed by massive flames as they fight the fire on Broadway.
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The cause of the fire is unknown. Officials estimate up to a million dollars in property damages.

Read more in later editions of The Blade and toledoblade.com.



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