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Officials investigating garage fire

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Members of Van Buren and Jackson Township volunteer fire departments battled thick black smoke and strong winds while trying to save a garage at James. D Metz' residence, 9111 North County Road 300 East, Brazil. The cause of the fire has been determined unknown by the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office. Ivy Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office has determined the cause of a Tuesday evening garage fire as unknown.

Shortly before 8 p.m., Tuesday, members of Van Buren and Jackson Township volunteer fire departments were dispatched to a fully engulfed structure fire at James. D. Metz' residence, 9111 North County Road 300 East, Brazil.

TransCare was on standby at the scene in case of medical emergency while Clay County Search and Rescue provided water for the firefighters. They remained on the scene until shortly before 1 a.m., to make sure hotspots were out.

Officials contacted a fire marshal to come to the scene Wednesday to help determine the cause. However, the extensive damage made it difficult to determine and the fire is officially being listed as unknown.

There is no information about the amount of damages sustained during the fire.

While officials confirm their investigation is completed at this time, the homeowner's insurance company could potentially continue their investigation as part of the claims process.

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It is nice to see that all of the firemen that are near the fire have on the proper equipment.

-- Posted by time2growup on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 2:08 PM


I think it's nice to see that so many firefighters were willing to give up over five hours of their evening, for no pay, to fight a fire at the home of a person they probably didn't even know--I'm sure there were some tired firefighters the next morning at work. We're lucky to have so many men and women who are willing to risk their lives and get no pay but plenty of criticism in return. And before you or somebody else says it, no-I'm not a firefighter nor is any of my family, fire scares the heck out of me.

-- Posted by snow on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 6:14 PM

snow -

I understand that there is only one fire department in Clay County that gets paid. I understand the men and women gave voluntarily of there time and energy. I also know for a fact that several of those firefighters there were tired the next day. You are missing my point. There are about 100 firefighters a year die in the United States of America. The majority of those deaths are because some one failed to follow procedures. There is a lot of risk being a firefighter. Why add to the risk by not taking the necessary safety precautions. I commend and honor those firefighters who gave their lives for our safety. If a death can be prevented, why not do what it takes to prevent it?

-- Posted by time2growup on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 6:56 PM


I am a firefighter and I agree with your comments. I was not there so I don't know the particulars. No excuses but I do know what its like to be overheated and exhausted on these scenes. Therefore I empathize with dropping some gear but I don't condone it. I'd rather not have a heat injury. The number one cause of deaths on the fireground is heart attacks. Sometimes the old ways of doing things verses modern standards are hard to put away. Your right anything can happen at any time. If your worn out you go to the rehab area and grab some water, your not lazy, your maintaining your health so that you can continue the job at hand. At any rate kudo's to my brothers and sisters who do the job! And Snow, your comments are appreciated! Just remember to attend the many delicious fish fries throughout the summer, we depend on them. Thanks.

-- Posted by michael.galloway1 on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 11:13 AM

Mr. Galloway,

Very well said sir. We have some very wonderful ladies and gentlemen that do an outstanding job for us that live in towns all threw out Clay County. I know here in Carbon we have a great bunch that do a wonderful job for us! Thank you to all of our firefighters!

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 12:16 PM

Well said Mike.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 9:26 PM

timetogrowup- I understand that Firefighters should wear their safety equipment. However, it never ceases to amaze me that so many people are eager to make a critical comment but find it so difficult to offer praise. I wonder why your first instinct was to make a snide comment rather than saying something good about their service. I'm pretty sure that the Firefighters know of the dangers they face on the scene and they don't need your post to drive the point home. It's hard to know why the Firefighter was near the scene with his jacket off--it's possible that he had gone to a rehab area and something happened that called him back to the scene without time to don his equipment. I don't know what happened and I'm sure you don't either. Without sounding like too much of a jerk, the Firefighters don't need to be educated by you and neither do I.

-- Posted by snow on Sat, Apr 17, 2010, at 1:52 AM

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