Sunday fire destroys home, damages home next door

A large fire destroyed a home on Smith Street Sunday, October 1, 2017.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Firefighters with the Fort Wayne Fire Department battled a large house fire early Sunday morning.

Crews were called to 2429 Smith Street just after 3:30 a.m. where a house had caught fire on the back side.

By the time fire crews arrived, the back side of the house and attic were engulfed in flames, and one of the houses next door was already on fire.

The family inside the neighboring home was able to evacuate safely.

It took crews more than 30 minutes to get the blaze at the two homes under control.

The fire department used a ladder truck to get above the fire and spray water down onto the two-story home.

The home where the fire started was destroyed. The houses on either side of the home also sustained significant damage.

Fire officials said no one was inside the home where the fire started, and nobody was hurt.

It’s not clear how the fire started.

The fire is under investigation.