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Mentor Firefighters Douse House Fire On Meister Road

The fire began in the wall near the fireplace

Mentor firefighers stopped a house fire in the Headlands neighborhood late Sunday night.

The fire department received a call about the fire at 5750 Meister Road at about 11:30 p.m., Battalion Chief Kevin Edmond said.

The fire had started in the wall of the living room, nearby the fire place, Edmond said.

Firefighters had to break open the wall to hose the flames, but they were able to stop the fire before it spread throughout the house, Edmond said.

It took about 30 minutes for firefighters to get the blaze under control.

The fire did not destroy the house, though it likely won't be occupiable immediately, Edmond said. The fire department guessed the fire and smoke caused about $50,000 worth of damage.

The family who lived in the house were able to get out safely and nobody was hurt.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though Edmond said it didn't look suspicious.

Edmond added that families should have their fireplaces checked once a year as a safety precaution.

Correction: The initial version of this story incorrectly said the house did not have working smoke detectors.

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