Fire victim: “I have to start over from the bottom”

Fire damaged home on Monroe Street.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – At least one person is without a home Sunday morning after a fire destroyed it.

Fort Wayne dispatchers said crews responded to a reported house fire at 3:40 a.m. on the 3500 block of Monroe Street.

The building was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene. They found heavy smoke and fire coming from three sides of the home.

Crews were able to get the fire under control in about 30 minutes. However, the house will be torn down due to the extent of the damage. The fire burnt through the first and second floors, weakening the structure of the building.

No one was in the house at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

A house next door had minor damage, according to the Fort Wayne Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

NewsChannel 15 spoke with a woman who said she is the homeowner but wanted to remain anonymous.

According to her, she and her five children are homeless and working with the American Red Cross to find a place to stay.

“The first thing I thought about is I have no pictures. All my pictures are gone of my kids. All my pictures are gone of my friends. I have no birth certificates, or social security cards, everything is gone. I have to start over from the bottom,” she said.



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