A Marysville firefighter prepares to descend a ladder after cutting a hold in the roof a house on Chestnut Street Wednesday afternoon. The flames behind the firefighter are spewing from the hole, which Marysville Fire Chief Jay Riley said helps vent smoke and heat from the building. This is done to lessen the amount of smoke in the building when firefighters enter to put out flames.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Will Channell)
The Marysville Fire Department is investigating a fire that burned the attic of a home on Chestnut Street Wednesday afternoon.
At about 1:34 p.m., residents at the home discovered a fire in their attic. Marysville Fire Chief Jay Riley said an adult was putting a child to bed on the second floor when the person noticed a sharp increase in temperature and paint bubbling on the ceiling.
All four residents, including two children, made it out of the home safely and stood in their back yard as firefighters took care of the blaze. Riley said the damage was contained mainly to the attic.
Riley said the fire was put out in about 15 minutes.
“They’re easily going to be able to repair it and (return) soon,” Riley said.
The Red Cross is assisting the family.
Marysville firefighters were assisted by crews from Allen, Union and Jerome townships and Pleasant Valley. There was no damage done to any adjacent buildings.
While officials are still unsure what caused the fire, Riley said attic fires are sometimes caused by electrical malfunctions. He stressed that the incident is still being investigated.
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