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Seven people displaced after early morning fire in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on January 20, 2016

Two firefighters were hurt fighting a blaze just past Ottawa High School.

Ottawa Fire Chief Steve Haywood says the firefighters were taken to OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center after slipping on some ice. The injuries aren’t thought to be serious.

Firefighters were initially called to 507 East Main Street just after 2:30 Wednesday morning. Haywood thinks a man living in the three-story house overloaded a circuit by plugging in his washing machine. The fire rekindled about five hours later, right before school started at Ottawa High.

Seven people living in three different apartments inside the house got out okay. A couple dogs and a cat also escaped the fire.

Haywood says the extreme cold not only made walking tough for firefighters, it also froze two different hydrants. Traffic at the school also posed a problem.

The house took on heavy fire, water and smoke damage. The American Red Cross is helping the seven people displaced in the fire.

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