A two-story home near Jeffersonville was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning and no one was reported injured.
The emergency call was received by first responders at 6:19 a.m. about the fire at 8040 Moon Evans Road N.W. in South Solon. Although located in Fayette County, it is close to the Greene County line.
Due to the location of the home, most of the area’s fire departments were at least a 10-minute drive from the scene, according to Jeff Warner, Jefferson Township Fire Department assistant fire chief .
According to Warner, one person lives in the home but was not home at the time of the fire, as he was out-of-state. Since the home was believed to be empty of both people and animals, no injuries have been reported.
The cause of the fire is not yet known. Although foul play is not suspected at this time, the State Fire Marshal was called to investigate as a precaution.
“Nothing was running, there were no animals inside, no air conditioners were running, and he was out of town,” said Warner.
Warner explained that one of the Jefferson Township firefighters was able to take photos during the fire which would assist the Fire Marshal in his investigation, as it can show the area the fire may have started in. In this case, the fire appeared to have started in one corner of the home.
A number of departments other than Jefferson responded to the scene. According to Warner, these departments included Silvercreek Township Fire/EMS (Jamestown, Greene County), Cedarville Township Volunteer Fire Department (Greene County), New Jasper Township Fire Department (Xenia, Greene County), Stokes Township Fire Department (South Solon, Madison County), and Washington Fire Department. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.
Also on scene was Box49 out of Madison County. Similar to the local Box65, Box49 acts as scene support for first responders. According to Warner, Box49 was closer to the scene than Box65, which is why they were the ones to respond.
As of approximately 11:30 a.m., although the main fire was out, smoke could still be seen from the house. Warner explained it was probably still smoldering as the “water couldn’t soak through everything right away.”
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