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Fire guts area home

Friday, September 28, 2007

Officials are investigating the cause of a late-night three-alarm structure fire Wednesday, which rekindled two more times Thursday morning.

Around 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dick Johnson Township Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a fully engulfed residential fire, and several fenced in pens which housed chickens, goats, a pot belly pig and various other animals, at 9921 North Private Road 250 West.

At least one vehicle located close to the home was also in danger of catching fire.

After arrival, Dick Johnson Fire Chief Kevin Orme requested tanker assistance from Posey and Van Buren Volunteer Fire Departments.

As firefighters on the scene rushed to get water on the flames, hazardous arching power lines and what sounded like multiple rounds of ammunition exploding forced them back. Orme requested any available firefighters and emergency response personnel be put on alert to provide assistance at the scene.

Officials were unable to confirm if the numerous small explosions were ammunition due to the destruction caused by the fire.

Members of Clay County Search and Rescue directed traffic while TransCare, as standard operating procedure during an ongoing structure fire, arrived on the scene to provide medical assistance if injuries occurred during the fire.

The unidentified tenants, who reported to officials they did not have renter's insurance, were not at home at the time the fire started. Authorities are withholding the identity of the landowner until they are able to make contact.

No injuries were reported by anyone at the scene, but officials confirmed an unknown number of animals died in the fire.

Although firefighters left the scene around 2:30 a.m., they were sent back to put out two more rekindles, one at 4 a.m. and the second at 7:50 a.m.

Although there is little left of the home, Orme said the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, but is under investigation.

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