TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Update: A couple initially thought that the burning, smokey smell in their home was coming from overcooked food in the oven, but they would quickly learn that a fire had sparked in their attic.
That’s according to Terre Haute Fire Department Prevention Chief Casey Boyed, who says the fire caused the collapse of the backside of the home in the 2300 block of Tippecanoe St.
Boyed says an elderly couple was in the home at the time of the fire but escaped without injury.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however, Boyed stated it’s believed to be electrical, with no foul play suspected.
The call came in just before 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Crews were on scene for approximately 2.5 hours, however, Boyed said the fire was under control in about 20 minutes.