July 24, 2016

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Smoking leads to bedroom fire in Wadsworth

WADSWORTH — Officials say smoking is to blame for a bedroom fire Monday that damaged a two-story duplex at 266 High St.

“We believe it was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials,” Assistant Fire Chief Ron Likley said.

The report of the fire came in about 12:30 p.m. and firefighters had the blaze out within 15 minutes.

“There were no injuries, and it just damaged the bedroom, but because we had to disconnect the electric, they won’t have any heat until a certified electrician makes sure the house is safe and reconnects electric service,” Likley said.

Damage was estimated at $5,000.

Likley said the Red Cross is providing temporary housing for the family living in the duplex.

High Street (state Route 94), between Baldwin and West Prospect streets, was closed from about 12:30 to 2 p.m. while firefighters ensured the fire was out and investigated the cause.

Wadsworth did not call for mutual aid.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.