By Libby Rosequist
On Thursday, Sept. 30, Fuller Hose Engine 202 was dispatched to 5379 S. Brickyard Road for a structure fire reported by the homeowner at 2:58 a.m. Arriving first to the scene at 3:06 a.m., Fuller Hose Deputy Chief 211 Tim Davis reported the structure as fully engulfed in flames with heavy fire showing.
Engine 202 stretched multiple hand lines to extinguish the fire while Crescent Hose Co. Ladder 209 assisted with suppression operations.
Greenfield Township Volunteer Fire Co. Tanker 707 arrived and dropped the port-a-tank and as-sisted with water supply along with Tanker 206 and Kuhl Hose Fire Department Tender 685. Fair-field Fire Department Engine 263 arrived shortly after and assisted with suppression and overhaul.
After two hours of overhauling, the fire was officially cleared at 5:30 a.m.
The single story, ranch style structure was deemed a total loss with about $300,000 worth of dam-ages. The home is fully insured.
“It is important with any home to have a fire safety plan because it can happen to anyone, and being prepared could save a life,” Davis said. “We call it E.D.I.T.H., or exit drills in the home.
“It is also important to make sure you have working smoke detectors. The faster a fire is detected, the faster you can get to safety.”
Inhabiting the home were two adults, two children and one cat. All were removed without injury. The cat is being treated for smoke inhalation. Red Cross has not been contacted to assist the family.
The cause of fire is undetermined and is currently under investigation.