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Crews quick to put out Monroe house fire
Times photo: Brenda Steurer Firefighters battle the cold weather responding to the fire on the east side of Monroe.
MONROE - Fire in a home at 1018 25th Ave. Tuesday is being attributed to improperly disposed or discarded smoking material.

Monroe Fire Chief Daryl Rausch said the investigation is closed and estimated damages at $25,000.

The house is valued at about $125,000 and is owned by Jeff Kernen, who discovered and reported the fire. Raush said the upstairs bedroom, where the fire originated, received heavy fire damage. The rest of the second floor received smoke damage, and the first floor received water damage.

The fire department received the call at 12:37 p.m., and firefighters had the fire out by 12:51 p.m.

Twenty-seven firefighters responded to the call with three engines and a ladder truck.

A fire hydrant at the end of the block had to be dug out for firefighters to access it. "This is a good time to bring to mind how important it is for residents to keep fire hydrants cleared of snow," Rausch said.