Five house fires in Toledo today left at least four families homeless, including 13 children, with one of the blazes injuring a firefighter, authorities said.
The causes of the fires were under investigation, said Toledo fire Lt. Matt Hertzfeld. It wasn’t yet known if any of the fires were related.
The injured firefighter, whose name wasn’t released, was hurt in a fire at 512 Mettler St. in North Toledo. He was treated at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center and released, Lieutenant Hertzfeld said. There were no other injuries, he said.
Fire crews arrived at the scene of the Mettler fire about 4:14 a.m., by which time three adults and three children had escaped from the burning house. Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 90 minutes.
The American Red Cross Greater Toledo Area Chapter assisted the family with accommodations.
The fire damage was estimated at $45,000, the fire lieutenant said.
The Lucas County auditor’s Web site lists Samuel Wallace as the owner of the two-story, wood frame house built in 1930.
Earlier, two adults and five children escaped unhurt from a house at 820 Lincoln Ave. in the central city by the time firefighters arrived about 3:50 a.m. and saw heavy fire coming from the living room on the first floor of the two-story wood frame house. It took fire crews about 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control.
The Red Cross assisted the family. The fire damage was put at $61,000, according to the fire lieutenant.
The auditor’s Web site lists Anthony Johnson as the owner of the house built in 1877.
Another structure fire, at 829 Euclid Ave. in East Toledo, left an adult and five children homeless, the spokesman said.
The family wasn’t home at the time of the fire, he said. They were later assisted by the Red Cross.
Firefighters arrived about 5:20 a.m., attacked the fire, and brought it under control in about 10 minutes, Lieutenant Hertzfeld said. The loss was put at $17,000.
Larry Jamra is listed as the owner of the two-story, partially brick house, which was built in 1909.
Yet another fire damaged an occupied house at 1259 Buckingham St. in the central city. The Red Cross assisted a person who lived at that address, the fire lieutenant said.
The fire was reported about 12:50 a.m. Fire crews extinguished it in about 10 minutes to extinguish it. The damage was put at $7,500, he said.
The single-story, wood frame house is owned by Marilyn Steward of the same address, according to the Web site. The house was built in 1897.
Fire crews also extinguished a fire at an unoccupied house at 513 Segur Ave. in Toledo’s Old South End. The fire was reported about 3:42 a.m. The loss was unknown.
The house is owned by Bishop Marvin Crittenden, according to the Web site. The two-story, wood frame house was built in 1863.
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