FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Multiple fire departments battled a large house fire in the La Cabreah housing addition early Friday morning.
Firefighters were called to 217 Curricle Run shortly before 1 a.m. after the homeowner smelled smoke inside the house.
Crews from Huntertown, Washington Township, Northeast Fire and EMS, St Joe. Township Fire Rescue, and FWFD all responded.
The first to arrive was an Allen County sheriff’s deputy who helped the family get outside safely. Two adults, two children and the family dog were all unhurt.
Police also evacuated the house next door as a precaution.
Firefighters first went inside the home to find the source of the smoke, which was primarily in the attic above the garage.
Fire officials said the walls and floor of the attic initially contained the flames before the floor gave out due to the enormous weight of thousands of gallons of water.
Crews inside were called out due to the fire danger of heavy smoke.
A ladder truck and several houses launched water from the outside as the fire spread through the house in the attic. Fire officials said most of the living portion of the house was in good shape until the floor collapsed.
At one point, flames towered above the peak of the two-story home an estimated 10 to 20 feet.
The home has heavy smoke, fire and water damage, according to fire officials.
Thick, black smoke enveloped the neighborhood. Lingering in the air for quite a distance from the neighborhood.
No injuries were reported to firefighters.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.