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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Newport Fire Engulfs Two Home Overnight on Washington Avenue

An intense fire blazed overnight on Washington Avenue in Newport, near the city-owned parking lot of the former Trauth Dairy plant.

Crews arrived at 2:00 a.m. and are still on scene hours after firefighters battled the flames that engulfed two vacant homes at 1028 and 1030 Washington Avenue.

No one was hurt.

Officials say that the fire started in one home and spread to the home next door. Neighbors say that no one lived in the homes, which were boarded up.

The cause of the fire is not known, and due to the dangerous nature of how this fire has burned, may not be identified, according to officials.

Firefighters from multiple jurisdictions were seen rushing out of the home as the upper floor and roof collapsed due to the extreme heat.

The two homes are total losses.

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