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Friday, September 28, 2012 10:04 PM


Firefighters with the Ottawa Fire Department respond to the scene of a house fire Friday morning at 737 S. Main St., Ottawa.

Small house fire quickly contained

By CRYSTAL HERBER, Herald Staff Writer

A small fire slowed mid-morning traffic Friday on Main Street.

Firefighters responded shortly before 11 a.m. Friday to 737 S. Main Street, Ottawa, when the occupants of a house reported a fire had broken out inside. The fire caused minimal damage and did not take long to extinguish, Capt. Dennis Nowatzke, with the Ottawa Fire Department, said.

“The homeowner had already discharged the fire extinguisher and probably put out the majority of the fire,” Nowatzke said at the scene. “We just used another small extinguisher once we got here to finish up.”

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, Nowatzke said Friday. Traffic was restricted to three lanes for about 45 minutes on Main Street while officers dealt with the incident.

The two occupants, Mike and Patricia Harris, were in the house when the fire started, but were able to get out safely with no injuries, the fire captain said.

White smoke drifted into the air as the fire crew used a fan to blow smoke out of the house and smoke alarms sounded. Charred insulation lay on the lawn on the side of the house. The room where the fire started was being renovated, Nowatzke said, causing damage to some exposed insulation and framing.

“Now we’re just making sure it didn’t extend to the second floor at all and the investigators are going through it to see if they can determine a cause,” he said.

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