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Structure fire in 1100 bock of North College Ave., Friday

Bloomington firefighters work at the scene of the structure fire in the 1100 block of North College Avenue, Friday, January 10, 2020 in Bloomington, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Bloomington Fire Department firefighters fought a fire in a structure in the 1100 block of North College Avenue for over two hours after being dispatched at Friday at 12:03 p.m.

Bloomington Fire Department Chief Jason Moore said firefighters did a primary search of the structure, and didn’t find anybody inside, but would search it more extensively later. Moore said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Smoke from the fire billowed down College Avenue, and police closed the street at the intersection of 17th while firefighters dealt with the fire. Upon arrival The Bloomingtonian saw flame shooting out of the basement, and a bystander filming the fire said he’d seen flames inside the front windows.

The fire department used Truck 1, an aerial truck brought into service last year, to get firefighters above the structure, and deal with the fire under the roof. One firefighter used a saw to cut a hole in the roof, while another assisted with safety for that firefighter. Later fire fighters used a hose from the aerial ladder to soak the house with water, and help extinguish the fire.

Firefighters had initially fought the fire from inside as well, but pulled back to fight the fire from outside the building for safety reasons. After firefighters pulled back black acrid smoke began to pour from the attic of the building. The structure appeared to be a house with an additional structure added onto the back. A spiral steel staircase led to an upper floor in the house, and a bicycle was discarded near it.

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