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Published: Tuesday, 6/26/2012

Fire destroys North Toledo home


A fire destroyed a North Toledo home this morning when a man apparently fell asleep while smoking a cigarette.

The fire at 2309 Chestnut St. was dispatched at 8:14 a.m., said fire Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld.

When crews arrived, “fire was rolling out the front,” Lieutenant Hertzfeld said.

The lieutenant said there was a smoke detector inside the home, but it had been disconnected. The man inside the home, whose name was not immediately available, did not report any injuries.

The fire also damaged a neighboring house, Lieutenant Hertzfeld said.

The house, valued at $14,200, was built in 1900 and is owned by Mary Gearhart of the same address, according to Lucas County auditor records.

A damage estimate was not available this morning.

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