January 1st, 2017
A dispatch for a large house or barn on fire was sent out in the early part of New Year’s Day, just after 7 AM. While the fire trucks were in route, more reports came in that flames and smoke could be seen several miles away.
The first truck on the scene, Quad 11, found a house well involved with fire. Access was difficult. Only a small bridge, that crossed a creek, led to the home. The bridge would not hold the weight of a fire truck. Because of that, nearly one thousand feet of hose was moved, by hand, to the scene.
More problems were the single-digit temperatures. Causing the fire truck pumps to freeze. Special heaters were used to warm them up. Also, fire hydrants weren’t close by. Additional water tanker trucks from neighboring county fire departments were called.
The home was completely destroyed and it took several hours for the bulk of the fire to be extinguished. Fortunately, the homeowners were not at home at the time of the fire.
LTFPD and Indiana State Fire Marshals are continuing to examine the scene for evidence of what and where the fire started. But, because of extensive damage, freezing temperatures, and the scene covered in ice, it will be difficult.
LTFPD would like to thank the organizations and fire departments that assisted with the fire.
Greenville Township Volunteer Fire Department, Georgetown Fire Protection District, Sellersburg Fire Department, Borden Volunteer Fire Department, Palmyra Volunteer Fire Department, and the New Albany Salvation Army Canteen.