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Third Street home damaged by fire

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By Kristin Beck

The city of Carrollton’s first structure fire in more than two years Sunday afternoon injured one of the home’s residents who required medical treatment.

Carrollton Fire Chief Randy Tharp said two people were at the home at 315 Third Street when the fire started. Herman Smith was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital by private vehicle with burns on his arm. EMS checked him out on scene, but he chose not to ride in the ambulance, Tharp said.

Hospital officials said Smith was treated and released.

Tharp said the fire started in the back of the house and continued out the south side. It was contained to the first floor; however, he said the second floor sustained excessive heat and water damage.

The home is owned by William Welch and rented by Linda Reynolds, he said.

The house next door at 303 Seminary Street sustained damage to its vinyl siding from excessive heat, Tharp said.

Carrollton firefighters received the call  at 3:44 p.m. The cause of the fire is suspected to be electrical in nature, Tharp said. However, the fire marshal will determine the cause and origin of the fire.

Two engines, a ladder truck and a service truck and 19 personnel responded to the home at 315 Third Street.

Firefighters were on scene until 6:08 p.m. The first engine arrived on scene within four minutes of the initial call, Tharp said.