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MANSFIELD -- There were no injuries reported Monday afternoon as the full compliment of Mansfield firefighters battled a blaze that engulfed the rear and attic of a vacant home at 30 Lexington Avenue.
Mansfield Fire Chief Steve Strickling said his department got a call at 2:17 p.m. and all available firefighters responded, with assistance from the Madison Township Fire Department.
"It started outside in the back," Stricklling said. "It made its way up the side wall and got into the attic."
There were 18 firefighters on duty responding, with a five fire trucks and three EMT vehicles, as well as Mansfield Police and the Madison Township crew all on the scene.
"When we got to Lexington Avenue, we could already see the smoke," Strickling said.
Traffic was blocked off on Lexington Avenue between Maple Place (next to Jones Printing at 20 Lexington Avenue) and Mendota Street.
Strickling said his firefighters were working in shifts to combat the heat on the humid July afternoon and the smoke, which billowed overhead for a number of blocks. He noted the gas was off in the home.
No cause had yet to be determined, although an investigation will begin shortly.