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No one was hurt when fire heavily damaged a Valley City house at 643 Central Ave. North Monday Morning, said Valley City Fire Chief Gary Retterath at the scene about 11 a.m. Monday.
Sometime between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. firefighters heard a report of smoke coming from the residence, Retterath said.
â€śI was at the state and they said smoke was coming out of the house, and there sure was, coming through a roof vent,â€ť Retterath said.
No one was home at the occupied residence owned by Conrad Hoff during the fire, Retterath said.
â€śOnce we opened up the door, it was really full of smoke and pressure.â€ť
Approximately 20 Valley City firefighters were on the scene about 11 a.m., and Retterath said the turnout by firefighters was a good one.
Valley City residents heading to work north on Central Avenue from Main Street about 8:30 a.m., were greeted by the smell and sight of heavy smoke, along with flashing lights on firefighters' vehicles at the residence, a couple of blocks from the Valley Senior High School and Junior High complex.
â€śIt took us a good hour to get the fire under controlâ€ť after arriving, Retterath said.
As of 11 a.m. Retterath said he had no idea what started the fire, and the blaze was under investigation.