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Back-to-back fires keep Lorain crews busy


LORAIN — Two fires kept firefighters busy Sunday night and early Monday morning.

The first fire was called in at 11:08 p.m. Sunday at a two-story wood-frame home at 1318 Douglas Court between Ashland and Oberlin avenues, Assistant Fire Chief Dennis Livchak said. Tenants Todd Herwig and his son Brandon Herwig weren’t home, but a family dog found on the second floor died of smoke inhalation.

Livchak said the fire, which began on the first floor, was controlled a few minutes after firefighters arrived at 11:14 p.m. and it was extinguished at 11:41 p.m. The cause of the fire is undetermined, but not believed to be suspicious.

The fire caused about $25,000 in damage to the structure and $10,000 to belongings. Livchak said Todd Herwig said he and his son were moving out of the home in about a week and had switched the renter’s insurance policy to their new home.

The second fire was called in at 11:50 p.m. at a vacant two-story wood-frame duplex at 1781-1783 E. 30th St., between Clinton and Pearl avenues. Firefighters still were at Douglas Court, so Livchak said Amherst, Elyria and Sheffield Township firefighters assisted.

Firefighters found heavy fire coming from the rear of 1783 E. 30th and extinguished the fire at 1:29 a.m. Livchak said the blaze was an arson and caused about $30,000 in structural damage. Livchak said an arson also occurred at 1783 E. 30th in September.

The property is owned by landlord George Schneider, according to the Lorain County Auditor’s website. Schneider had the most code violations cited by the Lorain’s Department of Building, Housing and Planning in 2012-13.

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