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LFR crews respond to house fire

By: Hannah Paczkowski

When Mark Walker woke up Saturday morning, he said he heard a popping sound, and saw smoke coming from the vents.  

"I woke everyone up, threw on clothes, got out of the house, saved the guinea pig. We were huddled in our garage for awhile, then the smoke started accumulating there," he said.

Several fire crews jumped into action. Firefighters had to break through the roof. Officials said when they got there, heavy smoke was coming from the attic.

"It's an older house, made it kind of difficult for us to find the fire," Battalion Chief Steve Dolezal said.

The fire spread into the walls of the attic, crews spent most of the morning pulling them out, trying to extinguish the embers. One firefighter was injured, but will be okay. Fire officials said the flames lasted for about 20 minutes before they were put out.

Walker said the whole situation is an eye opener, and a lesson in fire safety.

"The smoke alarm in the attic lost its battery about a month ago. I have yet to replace it, so that was pretty stupid in hindsight," he said.

LFR isn't sure what caused the fire, but said there's about $100 thousand in damage. They also said it'll be awhile before the Walker family can stay in their home.

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