Woman dead, firefighter injured in house fire

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Earlier this morning the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department responded to a reported structure fire located at 1761 Georgia Ave. Fire dispatchers received the call at 4:19 a.m. stating that the home at this location was on fire. The initial report from the 911 caller was that she thought her neighbor may still be inside the home.

When firefighters arrived at the one and a half-story, wood-frame structure at 4:23 a.m. they reported heavy fire showing on the west side of the home. The incident commander assigned first on-scene fire crews to search the home for any trapped occupants while additional crews began an aggressive interior attack. Crews battled flames and high heat conditions as search and attack crews entered the structure. The progress of crews working on the interior of the structure was hampered by several holes that were encountered on the first floor and also downed power lines on the exterior.

Crews made their way through the structure and found an deceased adult female on the first floor of the residence. One firefighter received non-life threatening injuries after falling through a hole on the first floor during firefighting operations. The firefighter was transported to St. Vincent’s ER for evaluation and treatment. The fire was deemed under control at approximately 5:00 a.m.

An investigation is currently being conducted by Toledo Fire & Rescue arson investigators, the Toledo Police Department and the Lucas County Coroner’s office. At this time the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.