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Crews in Fort Wayne, New Haven battle blazes; firefighter hurt

Area fire crews were busy Thursday, responding to three fires that damaged homes in Fort Wayne and New Haven.

At 1:11 a.m., New Haven-Adams Township Fire Department crews fought a fire in the 3700 block of Meter Drive in New Haven. They found heavy smoke and flames coming from the house, the fire department said.

Crews’ efforts to combat the blaze were made more difficult by the freezing temperatures and high winds, with one firefighter suffering a minor injury and being taken to a hospital. Because of the winds, crews from the Woodburn Fire Department were also called to the scene. No one was home at the time of the fire, which destroyed the house. The cause was attributed to an unattended lit candle. Fire crews remained on the scene until about 4:45 a.m.

At 9:14 a.m., Fort Wayne firefighters responded to a house fire at 1016 Sherwood Terrace. No one was home at the time, and the house suffered heavy smoke damage and moderate fire and water damage, according to the Fort Wayne Fire Department.

Then, just about 20 minutes later, Fort Wayne firefighters fought another house fire, this time at 3802 Brentwood Ave. In that fire, which remains under investigation, a woman inside the home was awakened by the smell of smoke.

She was able to get out of the house, along with her child, as smoke detectors went off, the fire department said.

While the fire was quickly extinguished, the home sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage. There were no injuries reported, and the Red Cross was contacted to assist the family, the fire department said.

rgreen@jg.net

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