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Firefighters from Piqua and Covington battle a house fire at 654 South Roosevelt Ave. on Thursday afternoon. The two-story structure was divided into three apartments although only one was occupied. Piqua Fire Department medics transported one person from the scene.
Firefighters from Piqua and Covington battle a house fire at 654 South Roosevelt Ave. on Thursday afternoon. The two-story structure was divided into three apartments although only one was occupied. Piqua Fire Department medics transported one person from the scene.
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By Will E Sanders


wsanders@civitasmedia.com


PIQUA — A two-story rental property in the 600 block of South Roosevelt Avenue caught fire Thursday afternoon and sent one person to the hospital for smoke inhalation.


The Piqua Fire Department was dispatched to 654 South Roosevelt just before 2:30 p.m. on the report of a house fire and spent three hours knocking down and putting out the fire. A fire investigator remained on the scene into Thursday evening in an attempt of finding the cause of the fire.


An unidentified woman who was reportedly inside the structure at the time of the fire was transported to the Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy for smoke inhalation and she was treated and released, fire officials said.


The structure is a rental property that is broken into three rental units, but only one of those units were being used at the time, said Piqua Assistant Fire Chief Vince Ashcraft.


Ashcraft said that while a cause had not been identified Thursday evening that the estimated damage to the structure was about $70,000 and another $10,000 for contents.


Three dogs were in the home at the time of the fire. Two managed to escape, but the third perished.


Will E Sanders may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.


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