Mary Alice Reporting – There were no injuries in a fire that ruined a local home and displaced the renters.

Dennison firefighters were dispatched Wednesday, at roughly 6:30pm, for the reported structure fire.

Chief Dave McConnell says they quickly responded to residential home at 511N. 2nd Street.

“Upon arrival, we found heavy smoke and heavy fire pushing out of the kitchen area in the back of the house and on to the back porch. We did an initial attack and knocked down on the fire and then we back our search and salvage and overhaul procedures.”

The home occupants a married couple and their five children were not home at the time the flames broke out.

“[The house is] not a total loss. It received heavy damage in the back of the house, the kitchen area, the dining area so the whole place is going to have to be remodeled. They had heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the structure upstairs and throughout the rest of the house.”

Firefighters are certain the blaze originated in the kitchen area but an investigation is still underway.

A cost total for the damaged is estimated at $30,000 for the building and $10,000 for the contents. The home owner had insurance however the insurance purchased by the renters was not yet active.

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