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Richmond house fire starts near hot tub, causes $15,000 in damage

Homeowner suffered minor burns

RICHMOND – Richmond firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze Saturday morning that started near an outdoor hot tub and spread to the home’s siding.

Emergency crews responded about 7:05 a.m. Saturday to the 4000 block of East Mill Road in Richmond for a possible structure fire, according to a news release from the Richmond Township Fire Protection District.

First responders reported heavy fire on the east side of an elevated deck attached to the back of a home. Crews were able to extinguish the flames in less than 15 minutes. The fire was reported out at 7:19 a.m.

“The quick response [Saturday] of the Fire North Quad to this fire, with enough personnel to do the job and make a difference, demonstrates the effectiveness of the close working relationship of the Fire North Quad departments of Richmond, Spring Grove, Wonder Lake and Hebron,” Richmond Fire Chief Rick Gallas said in a statement.

The fire started near a hot tub on the deck, and it rapidly spread to the deck floor and nearby exterior siding of the home, according to the release. Crews were able to keep the flames from entering the residence.

A homeowner suffered minor burns but did not need to be hospitalized. The fire’s cause still is under investigation, but it is believed to be electrical in nature, Gallas said in an email.

The damage to the home is estimated at $15,000.

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