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July 8, 2013

Fire damages North Hill home

NEW CASTLE — An early morning fire Saturday damaged a house on New Castle’s North Hill.

When city firefighters arrived at the house at 1405 N. Mercer St. shortly after 6 a.m., they saw flames coming from the second floor window.

The resident was not home at the time of the blaze, according to the fire department.

The department said an investigation by the city police fire investigator points to the cause being electrical, originating in insulation that burned on wires of a motorized scooter plugged into an outlet on the first floor.

The fire went upwards, burning a large hole in the second floor to a bedroom, the department said.

Firefighters were at the scene for about two hours.

Damage was estimated at $40,000. The house is owned by Jerry Pace, the department said.

At 5:02 p.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to a small blaze at 411 Blaine St.

The department said wires from a refrigerator had caught on fire by the outlet. The electricity was turned off and firefighters put out the fire with a water extinguisher.

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