A single-story home is located just south of the Rush County, in the 7900 block of North SR 3 in Decatur County, sustained extensive damage as the result of a fire Monday afternoon.
Home owner Doe Gaulting was returning home when she noticed smoke billowing from her residence and called 911.
“I was just coming home from the dentist when I saw all the smoke. As I got nearer to home, I realized it was my home on fire. Seems like it took a long while for firefighters to get here,” Gaulting said as she looked at the efforts to save her home from a nearby residence.
Initial responders reported that a 100 gallon LP tank was located near the burning structure and those concerns escalated when it was believed a person was still inside the residence.
“There was no one in the residence. The homeowner entered the burning structure to remove a family pet,” Rush County deputy Terry Drake said.
The fire of unknown origin was visible for miles and was initially believed to have started in the rear portion of the home. Initially, Anderson Township Volunteer Fire department was dispatched as well as units from nearby Clarksburg. Once on the scene, additional calls for mutual aide were requested from Washington Township in Decatur County and Rushville Township.
No injuries were reported as a result of the blaze, although a nearly two-mile section of SR 3 was closed for nearly two hours, with traffic rerouted to nearby county roads.
Assisting the firefighters at the scene were multiple units from the Indiana State Police, Rush County Sheriff Department and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.