Andrews house a total loss after fire

ANDREWS, Ind. (WANE) -  A Huntington County family is starting over nearly from scratch after their house caught on fire Tuesday morning.

Photo Courtesy:  Sonda Leonard
Photo Courtesy: Sonda Leonard

The Andrews Volunteer Fire Department was called to 398 Hendricks St. around 7:30 a.m. Fire Chief Tom Wuensch said the first truck was rolling out of the station four minutes later.

“I live three miles from the fire station and when I got to a clearing, I could see smoke, so I knew we had a bad one,” Wuensch said.

Wuensch said a ten-year-old girl was home when the fire started.

Photo Courtesy:  Sonda Leonard
Photo Courtesy: Sonda Leonard

“She heard popping and cracking from her parent’s bedroom. She went into bedroom, saw flames and took off running down street,” he said.

The girl ran to a neighbor’s house to call for help. Wuensch said there was a lot of debris and live ammunition inside the house that made fighting the fire tricky.

“Ammunition was popping off all over our heads and popping out windows,” he said. “There were some propane tanks inside the house so we sent another crew in to get those out because you don’t want a propane tank flying over your head when you’re fighting a fire.”

Firefighters got the fire out with no one getting hurt. They also rescued a dog and cat. The cause is still under investigation but it looks like it could be electrical-related.

While the house is still standing, there was so much damage inside that Wuensch said it can’t be saved.

Photo Courtesy:  Sonda Leonard
Photo Courtesy: Sonda Leonard

“Yesterday they lost everything they owned,” he said. “I’ve gone back twice now from the fire yesterday to see what we can do to help. We put the fire out but now it’s the devastating part. They don’t have anything. Maybe today they thought of something we can do to help because the firemen will jump in and help where they can.”

The Red Cross is helping the family and anyone else who wants to help can contact the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department at (260) 786-1866 or the Andrews Town Hall at (260) 786-3848.

 

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