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Residents watch as firefighters snuff out house fire

No one was hurt in a house fire on the city’s south side Wednesday morning. The smell of smoke blanketed the air on Sherbrooke Street as five fire trucks worked to put out a fire in a duplex.
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Residents watch fire crews work on their home Wednesday morning. (Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com)

No one was hurt in a house fire on the city’s south side Wednesday morning.

The smell of smoke blanketed the air on Sherbrooke Street as five fire trucks worked to put out a fire in a duplex.

Residents of the house stood on the street in their housecoats watching the crews work. Thunder Bay Fire’s Cpt. Rick Kerley said when crew arrived just after 11 a.m. it was difficult to find the source of the fire because of the amount of smoke.

"We just went in and searched for the fire (there’s) pretty extensive damage," Kerley said.

"The smoke conditions were just so intense that it was just really tough to find until we ventilated."

Kerley said damage to the other side of the duplex appears minimal besides some residual smoke damage.

While some neighbours had reported animals in the house, Kerley said on site that he didn’t know for sure if that was the case.  

The fire appears to have been confined to the first floor.

The investigation continues.