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Firefighters battled a stubborn attic fire in a large three-and-a-half story home at 116 Mulberry St. Saturday morning.
Firefighters were called to the fire scene just before 11 a.m. to find smoke coming from the slate roof of the structure.
Fire Department spokesman, Sean Walker said firefighters attempted to fight the blaze by carrying heavy canvas hoses up a steep hill to the house, then up three stories inside the building to get to the fire area.
Walker said large trees prevented the initial use of aerial ladders that could reach the fire easily. Eventually the decision was made to cut some of the trees to save the structure. Using the water cannon on the aerial ladder, firefighters were able to blast dangerous loose slate shingles and get underneath to soak the wooden roof structure.
Walker said the cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation. While in the house firefighters found evidence that squatters may have been in the building. Next door neighbor Ernesto Cruz said he has seen people coming and going from the house. He believes they were squatting in the otherwise unoccupied home since the last owner left last winter.
Walker said one firefighter suffered and eye injury battling the blaze and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.