Third time no charm

CALCUTTA – A Bloomfield Avenue home that was damaged twice before by fire was destroyed early Saturday morning by a third blaze.

The alarm was raised at 2:29 a.m., and Calcutta fire Chief Scott Smith said the house at 48813 Bloomfield was found fully engulfed by flames when one of his lieutenants who lives nearby arrived on the scene at 2:34 a.m.

“It was entirely an exterior fight because it was going so bad,” Smith said, adding the floors were already gone when firefighters from Calcutta, Glenmoor and Liverpool Township arrived.

Smith said the fire was brought under control by 3:07 a.m., but firefighters remained on the scene until nearly 6 a.m., extinguishing hot spots.

“It’s a total loss. There are just a couple of walls standing,” Smith said Sunday.

The owner, Misty Davis, has not been living in the house since it was severely damaged March 8 by a fire, the cause of which has not been determined. There was no one in the home at the time of Sunday’s blaze.

Smith said there were no utilities connected to the house, but it is insured, with Panhandle Restoration in the process of renovating it since the March fire.

Although he could not immediately locate specific records, Smith said the house was involved in a fire several years ago.

The cause remains undetermined until Smith receives a report from the state fire marshal, who has been called in to assist in the investigation.

Negley Fire Department was on standby at Calcutta’s station, while West Point Fire Department was on standby for Glenmoor while they battled the early morning blaze.