Posey Assistant Fire Chief Errett Miller and firefighters Jon Yocom, Doug Phillippe and Jennifer Market prepare to enter the residence of John and Elizabeth Fulk, 104 N. Green St., Staunton, on Monday during Fire Marshal Mike Fowler's investigation into the cause of the Friday evening fire.
It was a very busy Friday evening for Posey Volunteer Fire Department members, who responded to two fires, one of which is being investigated by the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office.
The evening started shortly after 6 p.m. with a minor closet fire at the Ronald Weaver residence located at 109 W. Franklin St., Staunton.
Assistant Fire Chief Errett Miller told The Brazil Times that a drip from a water heater shorted out a wire, causing a small, but hot, fire which went out before the fire department arrived on the scene, causing quite a bit of smoke in the house.
"We didn't even take out the hoses on arrival. What fire there was, was almost out when we arrived. It took longer to get the smoke out than to work the fire," Miller said of the incident. "We had just finished clearing that house of smoke when a call came in for another fire at a home located up the block."
At 6:50 p.m., a call came in that John and Elizabeth Fulk's home at 104 N. Green St., Staunton, was on fire.
Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department was called to assist with tanker support and fire suppression during the three-and-half-hours emergency personnel were on the scene. Personnel from Clay County Sheriff's Department and Trans-Care also responded.
The two-story home was damaged on both floors with heavy smoke and heat damage throughout the house.
Although the family was able to retrieve some possessions, they will not be able to live in the home. Firefighters confirmed the Fulks are staying with family members.
Unable to be determine the cause of the fire at the Fulks' home, PVFD re-quested the State Fire Marshal's office to investigate. Arson is not suspected.
"Investigations of this type can take five minutes or several days, according to the amount of damage inside the home to sift through," Fire Marshal Mike Fowler said Monday morning at the scene. "Once we get inside, I figure it will take about 45 minutes to determine a cause."
Fowler expects to conclude his report later this week.