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Duluth crews fight fire in Piedmont Heights neighborhood

One person was home at the time of the fire and escaped without injuries and without calling 911.

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The Duluth Fire Department battles a house fire early Friday morning in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of the Duluth Fire Department)

The Duluth Fire Department responded to a home in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood engulfed in flames early Friday morning.

The fire department confirmed late Friday morning that one person was home at the time of the fire and left the scene without injury prior to crews arriving, city spokesperson Kate Van Daele said. The person did not call 911.

Crews responded at 4:07 a.m. to the structure fire at 2332 Hoover St. Reporting of the fire was delayed due to the early hours, according to a release from the fire department. The fire started in the basement and had already extended to the rest of the house by the time crews arrived.

The Duluth Fire Marshal ruled the cause of fire accidental, according to the release. The department's life safety division has condemned the house, which has been determined a total loss with damage estimates exceeding $200,000.

As of late Friday afternoon, fire crews were continuing to monitor the site for hot spots.

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This story was last updated at 4:45 p.m. Feb. 12 with updated information from the fire department. It was originally posted at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 12.

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