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Fire claims Melbourne home

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

FULLY INVOLVED: A house on Dixon Street in Melbourne was declared a total loss last week. The cause is still under investigation.
All five occupants of a house in Melbourne evacuated before it was engulfed in flames Nov. 8. Melbourne Fire Chief Mike Russell said the house was a complete loss.

Russell said the owner of a store called in a report at approximately 3:45 p.m. Thursday that the house across the street was on fire. Two pumpers and 14 firefighters responded to the scene at 500 Dixon St. and saw a house fire "fully-involved" when they arrived. They battled the blaze for several hours, but were unable to stop the destruction of the house and its contents.

The occupants of the house, three adults and two children, had already evacuated the "40s-style pine box house," which is a box-framed house with pine siding.

The origin of the fire was unknown at press time and is still under investigation.

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