Saturday, January 20, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Maywood Fire Captain Scott coordinating fire suppression efforts at 142 S. 16th Ave. on Jan. 19. The home has sustained two fires in less than a week. | Courtesy Maywood Fire Department
On Jan. 15, a fire broke out in a bedroom at 142 S. 16th Ave., in Maywood, leaving a family displaced and the home boarded up.
Now, Maywood Fire Department personnel are investigating a second fire that mysteriously broke out at the same home at around 10 a.m., on Jan. 19. No injuries were reported in either incident.
“We’re trying to figure out what happened,” said Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh. “We’ll probably be back out there Monday investigating the cause.”
Bronaugh said that his department was still investigating the cause of the first blaze that happened Monday. That fire was contained in a bedroom inside of the house, but had caused enough collateral damage that the whole structure had become uninhabitable.
At the time, Bronaugh said that while the cause of the first fire was still unknown, he didn’t suspect that it was malicious.
As for the second fire?
“We have a couple of ideas,” the chief explained without going into details. “We’ll know more when we get back out here Monday. It’s a little odd that it happened again, but it’s not unusual. Things like this have happened before but they don’t happen often.”
Bronaugh said that area residents told investigators that no one had apparently been at the home the day of the fire.
“Someone was there Thursday either from the family or from the insurance company,” the chief said. “People said they didn’t notice anything unusual for the rest of the day or night.” VFP
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