Firefighter Tim Sargent is checked out by Scott Fleck and Ralph Mullens after dousing a residential fire in southern Clay County Tuesday afternoon.
Four fire departments were called in to suppress a fire in early afternoon Tuesday.
Shortly after noon Tuesday, a 911 call from a passerby reported the residential fire.
When firefighters try to save a burning home located in a rural area, water tankers are usually used to truck water in, but this time a hydrant a few hundred feet away helped save part of Brian Bredeweg's home.
"I was the second person to arrive on the scene and it was fully engulfed," Lewis Township Assistant Fire Chief Victor Burris said. "We got water quickly because of a hydrant connected to Jasonville water is just down the road. It was easier to run the hoses than to truck in the water."
No one was at the home located at 4902 S. C.R. 1350 S., Jasonville, when the fire broke out. Burris said the family was in the middle of remodeling the home to put it on the market.
"The interior is a total loss, as for the rest of the standing home I don't know," Burris said. He said the State Fire Marshall's Office will be on the scene in a few days to determine a cause for the fire.
Members of Lewis Township, Clay City, Jasonville and Wright Township volunteer fire departments used two oxygen tanks per firefighter to battle the intense heat from the blaze. Keeping hydrated was also a problem as many of the firefighters sought water bottles while being checked out by Trans-Care personnel after the fire was out.
Scott Fleck, of Trans-Care, said the heart rate and blood pressure of firefighters are routinely checked after a fire, especially when using two oxygen tanks like during this fire.