A fire Tuesday morning caused about $50,000 in damage to a house under renovation in the 500 block of North Volutsia, near Central and Hillside, a fire official said.
No one was home, said fire Battalion Chief John Turner.
A passing motorist reported the fire at around 7:45 a.m.
Heavy snowfall on roadways slowed the initial fire crew by two to three minutes and support crews by significantly longer, Turner said.
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Crews found heavy flames when they arrived; firefighters then got the fire under control. It was too early to determine the cause.
Turner said that motorists staying off the snow-covered streets could help firefighters respond to emergencies.
Contributing: Stan Finger of the Eagle