Neighbors help battle house fire in Duluth's Piedmont Neighborhood

By KBJR News 1

May 25, 2014 Updated May 25, 2014 at 11:03 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - When flames were spotted, it was neighbors who immediately stepped in to fight a house fire in Duluth's Piedmont neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

Duluth Fire crews responded to the 3200 block of Celia Street just after four Sunday afternoon.

There they were met by heavy flames quickly spreading from the house's back deck to the garage, kitchen, and attic.

At one point, an explosion was heard by neighbors and firefighters.

Fire crews say one man was home at the time of the fire and pulled his dog out of the house before making it to safety.

Neighbor and retired Marine Platoon Sergeant Bill Lee said his son noticed the fire first, and called 911.

Lee says he then ran over to the inferno, fire extinguisher in hand.

"I shot that off," said Lee, as the fire burned behind him, "my son came and turned the hose on in back, but you couldn't fight it. It was going too strong."

Damage estimates are at $100,00 dollars. The Duluth Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

However he does add that, since Monday, there have been three house fires in Duluth due to careless smoking.

He says that is not ruled out as a possibility in this case.

Billy Wagness