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Firefighters contain, extinguish Sunday fire

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A firefighter with the Roswell Fire Department battles a fire Sunday morning in the backyard of an 1800 block of North Lea Avenue residence. Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the RFD, said two members of the fire department were sent to an area hospital, one for smoke inhalation and the other for a minor injury. (Alex Ross Photo)

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For nearly five hours Sunday, crews worked to contain and eventually extinguish a fire that engulfed a backyard in a Roswell residential neighborhood.

According to Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Fire Department, two members of the Roswell Fire Department who responded to the fire in the 1800 block of North Lea Avenue were later taken to an area hospital, one for smoke inhalation and the other for what is described as a minor injury.

Neighboring houses were not damaged, though plumes of dark smoke could be seen from several blocks away.

Roswell police officers were also on scene, blocking off access to a portion of North Lea Avenue, while fire personnel battled the flames that enveloped a house and subsequently spread to a nearby RV, shed and vehicles within the fenced-in backyard.

Wildermuth said approximately 20 vehicles were among the items that crowded the property, posing a challenge for fire crews.

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“The many obstacles on the property in the 1800 block of North Lea Avenue made things challenging for firefighters, but a strong effort was made through an ariel attack on the heavy flames that fully involved the house and other areas,” he stated.

An investigation by the Roswell Fire Marshal’s Office later determined the cause of the fire to be accidental, specifically that it was sparked by a work light left unattended that ignited some nearby flammable materials.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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