Blaze guts duplex

Damage is estimated at $500,000 after one half of a duplex was engulfed in flames Saturday.

A duplex on the 300 block of St. Ann’s continues to smoke after firefighters extinguished the flames of the fully-engulfed duplex Saturday morning.

Damage is estimated at $500,000 after one half of a duplex was engulfed in flames Saturday.

The other half of the duplex home, located in the 300 block of St. Ann’s, sustained extensive smoke and water damage, said Fire Chief Dean Spry.

According to Spry, a couple were eating breakfast in their three-level home when they noticed smoke coming up and over the balcony. They ran downstairs to the carport and noticed flames under their car which the woman had just used to go to the store.

Firefighters were called out at 11:16 a.m., and the blaze was fully involved by the time they arrived. It took firefighters from the downtown and Willow Point fire halls almost two hours to fully extinguish the flames.

Spry said the fire definitely started under the car, but the actual cause is still unknown.

No one was hurt in the fire and the residents who live in the other half of the duplex were not at home when the blaze started.

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