IRVING – Fire investigators still are trying to pinpoint the cause of a fire that broke out late Sunday night on Jackson Street in Irving, bringing firefighters from nine local fire companies to battle the blaze until nearly 4 a.m.
Some volunteers were called back when fire inspectors on the scene reported the fire had rekindled at about 5:30 a.m. Monday.
Irving Fire Chief Gerald Rice, who lives across the street and was the first firefighter on the scene just before midnight, said the fire was difficult to contain in the ceiling rafters of the two-story, wood-frame home. The resident, Robert Cook, is being assisted by the Red Cross.
Rice said pumper trucks had to be called in to pour extra water on the flames. The Irving Fire Department had mutual aid from Silver Creek, Sunset Bay, Forestville, Hanover Center, Fredonia, Angola, Evans Center and Lake Erie Beach fire companies. Rice said that interior firefighters were needed to battle the blaze.
No damage estimate was available late Monday morning.