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Cause of fire undetermined

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CLAY CITY -- No cause has been determined for a house fire in Clay City Monday.

At approximately 12:42 p.m., members of the Harrison Township/Clay City Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the home, located at 207 Main Street.

"No one was home. Someone drove by and saw it," Fire Chief Ron Travis told The Brazil Times.

Travis said the homeowner was listed as Esther Swank.

According to Travis, the home was being "re-roofed." He added the home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

"It took a couple of hours to put it out," Travis said. "(The fire) was on the outside of the house on the north side."

Travis said firefighters were certain the fire started outside of the home, but were not sure how it started. As a result, officials with the Indiana State Fire Marshal's office were called in Tuesday.

Travis said the home to the north of the home was slightly damaged.

"The vinyl siding (on the home) kind of buckled from the heat," he said.

He added he believed the home was a total loss.

Travis said he went back to the scene later Monday evening to check for hot spots. He said he saw smoke and firefighters immediately put out the continued flame.

Other agencies responding to the fire included the Lewis Township Volunteer Fire/Rescue, Perry Township/Cory Volunteer Fire Department, along with members of the Clay City Police Department and Clay County Sheriff's Department.

In addition, TransCare was placed on standby, but did not respond.

However, the American Red Cross of the Wabash Valley was called to the scene to assist the residents of the home, although no injuries were reported.

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