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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Fort Wayne firefighters take a break while fighting the house fire Monday on Old Mill Road.

Firefighters extinguish 3 blazes

No one was injured in three separate house fires in Fort Wayne on Monday.

Fort Wayne firefighters were called to the home of Carol Ward at 4802 Old Mill Road at 3:35 p.m. Monday, a report said.

The fire was on the first floor and went into the attic, but firefighters were hindered when the fire got into void spaces in the attic.

Multiple crews were called because of the oppressive heat, the report said, and it took firefighters more than three hours to get the fire under control.

The firefighters had to cut into the roof and the exterior of the home to get to the fire.

No one was home at the time of the fire, which caused heavy fire, smoke and water damage.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Firefighters were called to an earlier fire at 429 W. Maple Grove Ave. at 12:35 p.m. and found that the rear of the two-story home was engulfed in flames, according to a statement.

Raymond Krider told firefighters he was in the front room of the house and felt heat on his back and neck. When he turned around, he saw the back of the home was on fire, the statement said.

Krider got his wife, evacuated the home and then called the fire department. The report said there were no injuries. It took firefighters 37 minutes to get the fire under control. There was heavy fire, smoke and water damage to the home and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

It was 5:03 a.m. when firefighters responded to the other fire, a report said. When they arrived to 1825 Alliger St. there was heavy smoke and fire on the first and second floors.

Firefighters entered the home, but had to retreat because of heavy fire, the report said.

The fire was then fought defensively and crews were able to contain the fire to that address.

It took firefighters more than two hours to get the blaze under control.

No one was home at the time and the cause is being investigated.