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Early morning fire damages local home

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 208 Sycamore Street, Brazil, shortly before 7 a.m., Wednesday morning. Ivy Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
A Brazil resident is struggling with the aftermath of a fire in his home Wednesday morning.

"It's very disheartening," Sean Yakel told The Brazil Times while sifting through the debris that once was his possessions. "I recently got divorced, so I didn't have much to start with, but I can't help but think, 'What else can go wrong.'"

Most of Yakel's possessions were still inside boxes at the home he was renting at 208 Sycamore Street, Brazil, the past two-and-a-half months. Officials confirmed Bob Keller owns the rental property.

"At least my dog wasn't here," Yakel, who was out of state as part of his truck-driving job when the fire started, said. "I haven't been home since Thursday. I was in Missouri when they called to tell me about the fire."

Yakel was grateful the intense fire didn't make it to the garage area, where he stores racing equipment and supplies.

"I don't think I'll make it to the races this weekend," Yakel said. "My cars are OK, but my race suit and helmet were lost in the fire."

Members of the Brazil City Fire Department were dispatched to the home at 6:51 a.m., Wednesday.

"We arrived at 6:53 a.m., and had it knocked down around 7 a.m.," Brazil City Fire Chief Jim Smith told The Brazil Times. "Firefighters remained on the scene until 9:45 a.m., to make sure there were no hot spots left inside the home."

Although officials believe there is nothing suspicious, because no one was home at the time the fire started, Smith confirmed the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office has been contacted to help determine the cause of the fire.

Results are expected within the next week.

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Glad no one was injured in the blaze, but a bit concerned at why the Brazil Times would tell would-be thieves what Mr. Yakel keeps in his undamaged garage and the fact that he's an OTR truck driver!

Work smarter, Times reporters!

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 12:32 PM

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