FARMERBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)-Firefighters battle a house fire Tuesday in Farmersburg.
The home is located on S. Fourth Street. According to Capt. Tim Shott with Thunderbird Fire Protection Territory, firefighters were dispatched just after 10 a.m.
When crews arrived, they saw heavy smoke coming from the house. One neighbor said the smoke was so heavy it was difficult to see the house. Capt. Shott says people were inside the structure when it caught fire but everyone made it out safely.
“We did encounter where the floor did burn out above,” Capt. Shott said. “So we did call in an aerial device out of Vigo County to assist with accessing that upper level from above.”
Pastor Jeff Blansett, Pastor of Farmersburg United Methodist Church lives next to the church, explained how he realized what was happening.
“I was just finishing breakfast,” Pastor Blansett said. “My neighbor rang the back doorbell and I opened the door and she said hey you mind if I pull my car over because our house is on fire and I was like whoa.”
Prairieton, Sullivan Hymera and Shelburn fire departments assisted with the fire. Even with help, more challenges arose.
Honey Creek Fire Department was called to the scene to assist because the fire department has an aerial unit which allows crews to spray water from above.
“There were a lot of difficulties with shutting the gas main off to the residence due to the trees growing up against the meter,” Capt. Shott. “Once utilities were taken care of we had a great knockdown on the inside.”
Pastor Blansett opened the doors of his church giving firefighters a cool place to rest. He says the church is working to help the family affected but it’s still an unfortunate circumstance.
“This is just devastating. You hate to see anybody go through something like this. These folks were fairly new. They hadn’t been in the house very long,” Pastor Blansett said. “Just to see this happen and just to see over the amount of destruction and that they’re going to have to start from scratch. It’s Just terrible when you see something like this happen to somebody in your community.”
There were people inside the home when the fire started but they made it outside safely.
The cause of the fire has not been released. Capt. Shott adds that the home is considered a “total loss”. The fire is under investigation.