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updated: 1/23/2014 11:18 PM

Wadsworth home destroyed in fire

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A large two-story home was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon in Wadsworth.

Four fire departments were called in to battle the blaze, which was reported at 3:23 p.m., according to the Newport Township Fire Protection District.

Fire officials said by the time the first crew arrived on the scene, flames were already shooting through the roof.

"(The fire) had a huge head start," Lt. Dave Emanuelson said.

Crews battled the blaze for nearly four hours, using 150,000 gallons of water before the fire was extinguished.

Because there were no municipal fire hydrants in the remote, wooded neighborhood, all of the water had to be brought in on tanker trucks, Emanuelson said.

Late into the night, firefighters were still on scene, spraying foam on hot spots of the charred 3,200-square-foot house.

No injuries were reported.

Newport Township Fire Marshall John Brewer said the source of the fire was unknown and that an investigation will begin Friday morning.

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