Man Escapes House Fire On Cedar Street

A local man had to flee his home last week after discovering a fire within his residence. Firefighters quickly responded and put out the blaze, which caused thousands of dollars worth of damage, but fortunately no one was injured.

On February 10, at about 4:30 p.m., firefighters with the LaGrange Fire Department were called to the 100 block of Cedar Street in reference to a reported structure fire.

The male resident was inside of the home when the fire started, but he managed to escape without injuries and contacted 911.

LaGrange Firefighters arrived minutes later to find heavy smoke coming from the attic area of the residence. Firefighters then entered the home, which had become filled with heavy smoke. Firefighters then made their way through heavy smoke conditions in the living areas and bathroom, and ultimately found the fire in the attic area.

Firefighters then began to put out the fire using their standard hoes and had the fire under control as of 5:02 p.m.

Fire investigators say the fire was primarily contained within attic, which suffered smoke, heat, and water damage.

The damage cause by the fire is estimated at $8,000 including the actual home and contents.

LaGrange Fire Investigators determined the fire cause was due to a mechanical malfunction within an exhaust fan in the bathroom.

American Red Cross has since been contacted to provide emergency services to the resident.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer