2 people, dog escape from Vandalia house fire

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VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) — Investigators are working to learn what caused a house fire in Vandalia early Wednesday.

Crews responded to reports of a fire at a house on N. American Boulevard, near Lockheed Drive, just before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames coming from the side of the house.

Two people and a dog living at the house were outside when crews arrived.

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire quickly and stopped it from spreading to any surrounding buildings.

The house was heavily damaged in the fire.

The American Red Cross was called to help the people displaced by the fire.

Fire officials say one firefighter was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

According to fire officials, there were not working smoke detectors in the home. Fire officials urge everyone to make sure they have working fire prevention measures available, and they say there’s a program in Vandalia that can help.

“We have a policy here that when we have fires, we’ll walk the neighborhood within 10 days,” Vandalia Fire Chief Chad Follick says. “We’ll walk this neighborhood with the American Red Cross’s assistance and do smoke detectors and batteries for free.”

Anyone who needs smoke detector assistance can call the Vandalia Fire Department at 898-2261.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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