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Family unharmed in house fire
Times photo: Brenda Steurer Monroe firefighters responded to a house fire at about 11:15 a.m. at 1802 14th Ave. The family evacuated the house by the time the Monroe Fire Department arrived at the scene. Fire Chief Daryl Rausch said the fire began in a second-floor bedroom closet and was out by 11:35 a.m.
By Brian Gray

MONROE - No one was injured in a house fire that began at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at 1802 14th Ave.

Edward Paschal III, who lived in the house, said his sons noticed smoke on the second-story and ran downstairs to tell him. He said there was black smoke upstairs when smoke alarms in the house began to go off. The family then evacuated the home.

Paschal lives in the house with his three sons, Nicholas, 16; Shane, 9; and Jason, 5; and his father Edward Paschal Jr.

The fire began in the room of Robert Geyer, 37, who also lives in the house. Everything in his room was destroyed, Geyer said.

The call came into the fire department at about 11:15 a.m. and the fire was out by 11:35 a.m., Monroe Fire Chief Daryl Rausch said. Three fire trucks responded to the fire.

Rausch said everyone was out of the house by the time fire trucks arrived at the scene.

Paschal said this was the second fire at the house. He said there was a fire at the house in 2006 when he and his family were visiting relatives in Iowa.

Rausch said he didn't know how the fire started. The house's second story received smoke and water damage.