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Lorain firefighters kept busy with multiple calls Sunday

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    Lorain firefighters remove the electrical meter to a home in the area of West 9th and Lovett streets, Sunday.

    ANDREW DOLPH / CHRONICLE

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Lorain firefighters responded to a series of fire calls along West 9th Street, related to a power surge, Sunday.

Assistant Chief Roy Cochran said the fire department received multiple calls regarding smoke-filled rooms. Cochran said an apparent power surge caused burning outlets, flickering televisions, and other issues with appliances. Firefighters went house to house, responding to neighbors’ complaints, and ended up removing a clothes dryer that was burned out, as well as a total of 14 electrical meters.

At the time of the call, Chief Cochran could not site the direct cause, but stated that when there’s “ … too much juice, the easiest thing to do is pull the meters.”

Ohio Edison was notified, but because of yesterday evening’s weather, would not be immediately responding because they were on “storm status,” according to police dispatch.

Also, firefighters were called to 1000 block of East 31st Street to a home that caught fire about 6:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported, as no one was in the home at the time of the fire, Cochran said. Firefighters could contain the fire to its origin in the first-floor living room, he said. The other parts of the home did get smoke and water damage.

The cause of that fire is under investigation, Cochran said.

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