Longtime vacant house burns in Huntington Co.

A vacant home near Bippus burned to the ground early Monday morning.
A vacant home near Bippus burned to the ground early Monday morning.

HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A decade-plus vacant house burnt to the ground in Huntington County early Monday morning.

The Bippus Fire Department was dispatched to 5522 West County Road 800 North just after midnight.

Fire officials said the house was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived and crews never made entry into the house. The home was surrounded by dozens of trees and a power line connected to the house was arcing, which created a potentially dangerous situation for crews.

Fire officials said they made an early determination to let the home burn due to the condition of the home, the size of the fire, and potential hazards for firefighters. Fire officers believe the home had been vacant for as long as 15 years.

Crews sprayed water on nearby trees as the home burned.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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