Shortly after 2 p.m., all three units of the Brazil City Fire Department were dispatched to a fully engulfed residential/garage fire at 1003 E. Mechanic St., while the Brazil City Police Department cleared traffic from the area.
Homeowners, Larry and Judy Anderson, were out of the house before emergency personnel arrived on the scene without any reportable injuries.
With power lines arcing in the front yard, flames engulfed the garage and the breezeway area to the house while smoke billowed high enough into the air to be seen for more than a mile away. Duke Energy was contacted to shut the power off to the home, and off-duty fire department firefighters were contacted for assistance.
Fire Chief Jim Smith said multiple ceilings in the home made fighting the fire difficult.
As firefighters put out the roaring blaze, Judy warned bystanders to back away from the fire and extreme heat while she looked for the family dog. She feared it was not able to get out of the smoke-filled home in time.
The family also lost their vehicle in the garage fire, which is where officials believe the fire started.
Neighbors have contacted the American Red Cross to assist the Anderson family, who lost everything in the fire.
"There is excessive heat and smoke damage inside the home. The contents are not salvageable," Assistant Fire Chief Robert Bell said at the scene late Thursday evening. "Firefighters gained entry to push the blaze back into the garage area, which is why the garage is gone and the house is still standing. They really did a great job."
On the scene for several hours, Smith expressed his grateful appreciation to the members of the Clay County Search and Rescue, who brought water for the exhausted firefighters, and to the employees of Papa John's Pizza, who later brought food and drinks.
"It was really appreciated," Smith said, adding that the cause of the fire has not been determined and is under investigation