|Fire damages home of assistant fire chief|
|Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:35|
Smith-Township Assistant Chief Kris Bair and his wife, Missy, were home when the fire broke out, but were not injured.
The pair reportedly smelled something burning, then found smoke under a stove and in the attic area of their home and called 911 at around 2:20 p.m.
Churubusco/Smith Township firefighters arrived at the home, along US 6 near CR 600 N, to find the attic burning and fire spreading in the walls.
They had to use tools and open up the walls and roof to extinguish the blaze. It took about an hour to bring the fire under control, and firefighters remained on the scene for some time after extinguishing hot spots. The fire’s cause remains under investigation.
One firefighter was reportedly hospitalized with what was described as a minor knee injury.
The home received heavy fire, smoke, and water damage. Several neighboring departments, including Huntertown and Thorn- Creek, were reportedly called in to assist with manpower and water tankers.
Traffic was restricted along US 33 for over an hour during the incident.
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