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Investigation continues in Saturday’s fire in Adams


ADAMS — It will be several days before investigators can determine the cause of the fire Saturday on Grange Avenue that destroyed one house, extensively damaged the one next door and left several people homeless, a fire official said.

Fire investigators spent much of Sunday going through the entire house to see what might have caused the fire at 24 Grange Ave. They also conducted interviews in hopes of finding out what happened.

“They were there all day looking at it with a fine-tooth comb,” said Robert D. Simpson, Jefferson County deputy fire coordinator, adding that he had no further information.

The fire began in a single-family home owned by Cynthia A. Smith. The blaze then spread next door to a duplex at 22 Grange Ave. Seven people in the duplex escaped unhurt.

Mrs. Smith escaped the blaze and was taken by ambulance to Samaritan Medical Center, where she was treated in the emergency room. Her condition was not known Sunday because hospital officials said no one with that name had been admitted to the hospital.

With the two dwellings so close to each other, the fire jumped over a driveway and ignited a stairwell at the duplex.

Nine area fire departments were called to the scene to fight the blaze, which took almost three hours to extinguish.

The American Red Cross was called to help the fire victims.

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