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Old Wiring Causes East Erie Electrical Fire

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Two families were forced out of their home on Erie's East side on Saturday by an electrical fire.

The Erie Fire Department got the call around 10:30 am to 435 East 27th Street.

Fire officials say old knob and tube wiring sparked and caused wood in the basement to catch fire.

The fire spread up the walls and up the inside of the walls. Fire crews were able to contain it quickly.

"It appears to have started in the basement along the floor joist and worked its way up into the wall. They did a very good job in rapidly finding where the fire was traveling and getting that wall opened up. We had it knocked down in about five minutes," said deputy fire chief Mike Balliett.

The fire department shut off power in the home until the landlord can update the wiring.

The displaced residents are staying with family and friends.

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