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Firefighters battle Georgetown blaze

Flames engulfed the back of a small home off of Free Soil Rd. in Georgetown.

A fire broke out in a small home off of Free Soil Road in Georgetown on Monday, forcing fire departments from Hamersville, Ripley and Washington Township in Clermont County on the scene.

At around 4:02 p.m., the fire departments and Bethel Life Squad were dispatched to the scene, where they found a house on fire with smoke rising into the sky.

“We responded to a structure fire with flame and smoke showing,” Washington Township Fire Chief Dana Kellenberger said. “When we arrived, we confirmed the same. We advanced our (water) hose line in and we put the fire out pretty quickly, as it was contained to one or two rooms. Right now we’re just investigating it to find out the cause of the fire.”

The fire occurred on the property of Charles “Rex” Louden. Louden was unharmed by the fire. There were no other persons in the area when the fire began, according to authorities.

Kellenberger said that the fire was contained to two rooms, one that looked like a kitchen and another that looked like a utility room. Following the fire, both rooms were charred black and in poor condition.

Kellenberger said that while an investigation into the matter was ongoing, he believes the fire started on the outside of the house.

“It appears it started on the outside of the structure,” Kellenberger said. “It could possibly have been a grass fire caused by the mower, but we’re still looking to confirm that.”

As of press time, the Washington Township Fire Department had yet to conclude its investigation.

Washington Township, Ripley, Bethel and Hamersville units all responded to the scene due to the visitation of former Georgetown Fire and EMS Assistant Fire Chief Louis “Dickey” Rocky.

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