MILFORD, Ohio - Fire officials are assessing the damage a large fire caused a home in Milford Wednesday morning.
The fire started at a residence at 22 Oakcrest Drive at about 4:45 a.m. Officials say the homeowner escaped the flames, but they have not yet released information about if anyone sustained injuries.
According to Milford city administrator Jeff Wright, the homeowner woke up and realized a fire had started in his garage. The man, whose names has not been released, attempted to fight the flames himself before calling the fire department.
A water main break complicated firefighter's efforts to fight the flames. When fire crews arrived at the scene, there was a water main break, which reduced the water pressure.
The fire caused significant damage to the west side of the house, but officials have not yet released information about the estimated cost of damages.
Wright says the delay from the broken water main was not a significant factor in battling the fire.
In the last three years there have been four water main breaks on Oakcrest.
Wright says the city will be replacing the water mains throughout the city of Milford over the next several years. Oakcrest is the first priority because of the number of recent breaks.
The administrator says the life expectancy of the cast iron pipes in the water main as it exists now is 50 to 60 years. The new water main lines are expected to last longer.
Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire.
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