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Cause of trailer fire under investigation

Monday, January 19, 2009

COALMONT -- Officials are investigating the cause of a trailer fire that displaced a family.

Shortly before 3 a.m., Sunday, members of the Lewis Volunteer Fire Department, with backup assistance from Jasonville and Wright Township volunteer fire departments, were dispatched to a trailer fire at 6870 W. Nesbit St., Coalmont.

"We were able to quickly contain the fire within the trailer itself," Lewis Fire Chief Bryan Husband told The Brazil Times Monday.

"Although we have a standing structure, it was a total loss."

Husband said resident Crystal Curnett, her two children and another family member were not home during the fire and the American Red Cross has been contacted to help the family.

Although believed to have been accidental, Husband said the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Division of Fire and Building Safety has been contacted to help determine the cause the fire.

A fire marshal is expected to arrive sometime this week.

I-70 accident sends three to hospital

Meanwhile, icy road conditions caused a single vehicle accident on Interstate-70 that sent three people to St. Vincent Clay Hospital and slowed traffic.

Members of Jackson and Posey Township volunteer fire departments, Clay County Search and Rescue and the Clay County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to the accident involving a passenger car in the eastbound lane of I-70, near the 20-mile marker.

According to officials at the scene, three unidentified people from Indianapolis sustained injuries during the accident and were transported by TransCare to St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

They were treated for what was described by officials as "minor injuries" and later released.

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