Firefighters from two departments responded Saturday evening to a house fire on South Elm Street and extinguished the blaze.
The Washington Fire Department, according to its report, received a call about a structure fire at 716 S. Elm St. in Washington Court House at about 8 p.m. The report says that while en-route to the fire, the department was told that the home could have occupants still inside the building.
“Upon arrival, heavy fire was showing from the front side of the house,” the report said. “Firefighters made entry through the rear to fight the fire. Primary search for occupants was conducted and upon completion of the search, we were notified that the occupant was accounted for.”
According to the report, the fire had extended into the attic space and salvage operations were conducted in the bedroom areas as best as possible. Bloomingburg Paint Marion Joint Fire District was requested for mutual aid for manpower at the scene. They were tasked with completing a secondary search and assisted in knocking down hot spots. Once the fire was extinguished, an extensive overhaul was required in the living space and attic areas to make sure the fire was completely out.
“We had a good turnout of volunteers to help at the scene and operations went smoothly,” Lt. Martin Rennison of the Washington Fire Department said. “We had reports that there were still people inside the building, and we determined that no one was. There was a neighbor who had seen the fire and he decided to go into the back door and check on his neighbors. He was looked over by the life squad, and I talked to him. He said the smoke forced him back out of the home. There were no injuries or anything like that reported from the scene.”
An investigator was requested, according to the report, but as of press time Monday no cause was determined, according to Rennison. The Wayne Township Fire Department was also requested for mutual aid to stand by for station coverage.
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