The Superior Fire Department responded to two structure fires Friday, July 23. One firefighter suffered a minor heat-related injury fighting the first fire, according to news releases from Battalion Chief Camron Vollbrecht.
Firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from a roof at 2327 Tower Ave. at 3:31 p.m. Friday. They arrived to heavy smoke coming from the eaves and gable vent on the west side of the home. Neighbors said the occupants weren't home, but they had many pets.
Fire crews entered the home and rescued two dogs and a cat in thick smoke conditions. Mayo Ambulance personnel provided care for the dogs at the scene. Four other cats perished in the fire.
The main body of the fire was extinguished quickly, but the home suffered significant damage. The estimated loss is $75,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious, Vollbrecht said. Fire crews remained on scene for about three hours; one firefighter sustained a minor heat-related injury.
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The second structure fire was reported at 710 Fisher Ave. at about 9:41 p.m. Friday. Fire crews arrived to find a fully-involved and collapsed garage and shed with downed, arcing power lines in the alley adjacent to the fire. Firefighters attacked the fire from the outside of the building, avoiding the power lines, Vollbrecht said.
The main body of fire was knocked down and fire in a nearby garage was extinguished with minor damage. Crews remained on scene waiting for Superior Water, Light and Power to isolate the power to the lines. Once SWL&P crews made the lines safe, fire personnel mopped up hot spots.
The garage and shed were a total loss, with an estimated damage of $15,000. The garage suffered about $500 in damage. No homes were damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Mayo Ambulance, the Superior Police Department and SWL&P assisted the fire department at both fires.