Shortly before 1 p.m., Tuesday, 911 dispatchers were contacted about heavy smoke emanating from a residence owned by Dale Waldbieser at 1818 East County Road 100 South, and the occupant/renter Jim Pennington was safely out of the home.
When firefighters from Center Point, Cory and Clay City Volunteer Fire Departments arrived at the scene flames were shooting out of the home and small explosions could be heard coming from inside.
Center Point Fire Chief Aaron Morgan told The Brazil Times that Pennington reported the explosions possibly came from some propane tanks stored in the back porch area.
Morgan said the upper floors of the residence collapsed into the basement, making it difficult to put the fire out.
"It was an older style two-story home with older wiring," Morgan said about the possible cause of the fire. "After talking with Mr. Pennington, and taking into consideration the age of the home, it was probably caused by the wiring."
Due to the extreme damage done to the home, Morgan said there would be no investigation to determine a cause of the fire.
Battling freezing temperatures and a water shortage due to no fire hydrants in the area, firefighters used tanker trucks for a water source to try and contain flames that shot upwards approximately 40 feet into the air.
A couple of neighbors lost power during the fire, and Duke Energy was contacted to repair melted power lines damaged from the intense heat from the fire.
Morgan estimated firefighters would remain on the scene as long as it would take to ensure the fire was out and would not rekindle.