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Published: Saturday, 7/19/2008

Man, daughter escape Shawnee Township house fire

LIMA A man and his disabled daughter escaped safely as a fire destroyed their Shawnee Township home, authorities said.

James Smith, whose age was not available, and his teenage daughter, of 3050 Spring View Drive, fled from the fire about 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Shawnee Township Fire Platoon Chief Todd Truesdale said.

Mr. Smith smelled smoke coming from a room where he operates and builds ham radios. He opened the door and discovered flames in the room. The two fled safely before calling the fire department, Chief Truesdale said.

Fire crews could see the dense smoke from about two miles away, Chief Truesdale said. It took about 3 hours to quell the blaze.

Damage is estimated at $60,000 for the structure and $20,000 for the contents.

The home was valued at $68,900 and owned by David Johnson of Shawnee Township, county records show.

The fire is under investigation but is not considered suspicious, Chief Truesdale said.

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