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Cause of Lorain fire may never be known

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    The aftermath of a July Fourth fire at 3736 Dallas Ave. in Lorain is pictured Friday.



LORAIN — The Lorain Fire Department may never know what caused a large structure fire Wednesday evening on Dallas Avenue.

Fire Capt. Greg Neal said the investigation into the fire, which destroyed the home at 3739 Dallas Ave., likely will never be solved because of the extent of the damage.

“It’s going to be difficult,” he said. “There was no one home at the time, so basically if anyone knows anything they would need to come forward. There’s just too many things. It was the Fourth of July, so it could have been fireworks. Someone could have been smoking. They had been trying to cook, so it could have been grill-related.”

Neal said he wasn’t sure where the fire originated in the house.

“I have an idea but I’m not 100 percent sure, and I’m not sure I ever will be,” he said.

Assistant Fire Chief Roy Cochran said the structure ultimately had to be torn down, which will make investigating more difficult.

Previously, Cochran had said crews faced two major barriers while fighting the fire — a lack of hydrant pressure and the heat index.

“When we got here, we had the aerial unit and the tower truck hooked up to fire hydrants on the street,” he said. “But the hydrants on this street are poor, and we were basically sucking everything dry by using both. We had to bring in the county water shuttle and the tower truck used that while the aerial unit used the hydrant, but it slowed us down.”

The home was valued by the Lorain County Auditor’s Office as being worth $32,470.

Contact Katie Nix at 329-7129 or Find her on Facebook and Twitter @KatieHNix.

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