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Fire forces Elyria family from home, claims two dogs


ELYRIA — An Elyria family has been put out of their home — at least temporarily — following a fire this morning.

Firefighters were called to the home, at 429 10th St., about 9:30 a.m.

Assistant Fire Chief Bob Dempsey said he arrived to find the home "fully charged with smoke."

The mother was at work in Lorain, and her children were at day care, Dempsey said, so no one was hurt. He said he had no information at this point what caused the fire or how much damage it caused. He said the family lost two dogs in the fire, however.

He said the fire began in the rear of the first floor of the two-story house and said it remains under investigation. He said he was unsure if the home will be inhabitable in the future, but he said "not today."

Dempsey said he expects to be on scene "the rest of the morning." He said extra firefighters have been called in to help with the fire. He said firefighters will have to go through the attic and walls of the home to make sure there are no more "hot spots."

"All in all, we were able to save the house. We were able to get ahead of the fire," he said.

A woman at the scene who said she was the daughter of the homeowner declined to talk to the media.

Tenth Street is closed while firefighters handle the situation.

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