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Fire damages Mitchell home on Fifth

Mitchell firefighters respond to a house fire late Tuesday night at 912 East Fifth Ave. in Mitchell. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

Investigators are still trying to find the cause of a Mitchell house fire that started late Tuesday night.

They are also looking for the residents, who were not at the home during the time of the fire.

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Mitchell Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris said Wednesday firefighters were dispatched at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to a home at 912 E. Fifth Ave. where a fire had started in the basement.

"A neighbor called in the fire," Morris said. "He'd stepped out to enjoy the nice evening and smelled smoke and saw flames coming from the basement windows."

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames in 10 to 15 minutes within arriving on scene. They spent extra time at the home to make sure the fire was completely out and to take care of hot spots. No one was home at the time of the fire, Morris said, and investigators are still trying to find the people who live in the home.

The Mitchell Department of Public Safety is not releasing the names of the people who live at 912 E. Fifth because law enforcement has not interviewed the residents yet.

"Even after we interview them, we may not release their names," said Detective Lt. Don Everson.

According to the Davison County Assessor's website, the property is owned by Karen Mayer.

The fire caused smoke and heat damage to the home, including the living room on the main level. It is unknown at this time whether the fire spread to the main level of the home, Morris said.

"That's still under investigation," he said.