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Close call: Marietta firefighters avoid total loss on Virginia Street

Firefighters avoid total loss on Virginia Street

Jeff Schultheis, left, speaks with Patrolman Benson of the Marietta Police Department as the Marietta Fire Department contain a fire at Schultheis’ west side property Sunday. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Marietta Fire Department made quick work of a structure fire Sunday across from the Boathouse BBQ.

The duplex property, owned by Jeff Schultheis, was unoccupied and was being remodeled for rental Sunday when Schultheis left hired labor on the front porch.

“I had left not 20 minutes before for my wife,” explained Schultheis. “Then I get a call, hey your house is on fire.”

The downstairs apartment was nearly ready to be rented, he explained.

“They were doing some renovations in the area where it started so that may be a contributing factor,” added Fire Chief C.W. Durham, after getting control of the flames which were primarily present in the front of the home above the porch.

Marietta firefighters kept flames under control without total loss of the structure at 219 Virginia St. Sunday. (Photo by Janelle Patterson

Durham reported no injuries at the 219 Virginia St. structure, and flames were contained without spread to neighboring residences due to the efforts of the department and use of both its Engine 1 and Pump 4.

“At least I have insurance,” added Schultheis. “That’s crazy I was just here and he was only doing some work on the porch.”

Janelle Patterson may be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com.

Marietta Fire Chief C.W. Durham hoses down flames at 219 Virginia St. Sunday. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Marietta firefighters kept flames under control without total loss of the structure at 219 Virginia St. Sunday. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

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