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Cause of Kasbeer house fire is undetermined

Published: Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 3:36 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 4:00 p.m. CDT

KASBEER — The investigation continues into last week’s house fire in Kasbeer.

On Monday, Ohio Fire Chief Keith Ackerman said the cause of Thursday evening’s fire at the Jeremy Moorman house is still undetermined. The state fire marshal has been called to assist in the investigation.

The extent of damage was extensive to the first floor and the first floor attic section of the house with extensive smoke damage to the second floor of the house as well, Ackerman said. Four family members were home at the time of the fire and were able to escape without injury but were later treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, the fire chief said.

The fire appears to have started in an outside dog pen area near the southwest corner of the house, where a bedroom was located, Ackerman said. A neighbor notified the family about the fire.

The Ohio Fire Department received the emergency call at 6:01 p.m. Thursday and remained at the scene for about two and one-half hours. No cost of the damage to the house and its contents has yet been determined, Ackerman said.

Assisting at the scene were the LaMoille Fire Department and Princeton Emergency Medical Service personnel. The Bureau County Red Cross also assisted with the fire victims.

On Monday morning, Bureau County Red Cross Director Lori Compton said the Red Cross provided emergency assistance, including food, clothing and shelter to the family of two adults and three children. The Kasbeer family did have insurance coverage, but the Red Cross is still there to help families until they can get things up and going, she said.

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