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BY MICHAEL N. CIAMPO Pulling up to the 2½-story wood-frame home, we figured it was probably balloon frame (outside wall studs running from the basement to the attic with no fire stopping) from its age, size, and shape. Many of the windows lined up over one another on the exterior walls, also a feature of this type of construction. The front porch's roof gave access to three windows on the second floor, but it didn't wrap around the entire dwelling. The structure was sided with asbestos tiles, also indicating an older-built structure. Fire was showing out a few windows on the side and lapping onto windows and frames on the floor above, indicating the possibility of autoexposure. The engine...

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