EDWARDSPORT, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Firefighters have been battling a brush fire for several hours Tuesday night in Knox County, north of Edwardsport.
Officials say the fire started near State Road 67 and spread north. Roads had been closed in and out of Edwardsport, but most have since reopened. Firefighters first received calls alerting them to the brush fire around 2:30 p.m.
“The field was still on fire, it was getting up in the tree lines. It was making it’s way towards the gas plant,” said Chief Dusty Baize, Vigo Township Fire Department.
The exact distance the fire has traveled is unknown, but Baize said he estimates 500 yards.
“In a fire like this with the wind and the humidity, it doesn’t take anything for it to spread, and when this fire first started it was endangering homes,” Baize said.
As of Tuesday evening, the cause of the fire had not been determined.
According to Baize, no one was injured. By Tuesday night, firefighters had mostly contained the fire, but will continue to battle it for several hours. Due to the fire’s location along old coal hills, there was some difficulties in getting to some areas of the fire.
Fire departments from across north and south Knox County assisted in battling the blaze.
“That’s why such a big response is needed to try to contain this fire as fast as possible so we don’t have any loss of life an/or property,” Baize said.
This story will be updated as more information is available.