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City home caught fire hours after shooting

A central Toledo home caught fire early Friday only hours after gunshots were fired at the two-story dwelling.

Police were called to 846 Avondale Ave. at 11:37 p.m. Thursday after at least one shot was fired into the home, occupied by two adults and a child.

The three took cover when they heard gunshots from outside. Police noted in a report that one bullet struck the house's exterior near the front door.

No injuries were reported, but all three left the home for the night, according to a police report.

At 4:43 a.m. Friday, Toledo fire crews were called to the same Avondale address for a reported fire and discovered “pretty heavy fire showing” upon arrival, said Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld, a fire department spokesman.

A large hole in the floor prevented crews from going inside to fight the blaze, which also caused damage to a house next door.

The house was torn down, with the loss estimated at $15,000.

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