07/12/09 2 Fires Damage Cleveland Ave and Walnut St Homes
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A Cleveland Avenue home in New Castle was severely damaged by fire shortly after midnight. The two-alarm fire had New Castle Firemen scrambling to douse the flames which consumed the rear porch and kitchen area. Burn patterns on the exterior walls rose to the second floor. Neighbors say the man who had lived in the house had been there about a year. It is believed he was not at home at the time of the fire and may have gone to stay with relatives as he often had done. A second fire broke out a short time later on Walnut Street near County Line Street. Neighbors reported seeing flames in the basement of the vacant house.These fires were on the lower east side of New Castle, the same area which has been plagued with many arson fires in the past.