Newgent said that, while it was hard to tell exactly what caused the fire, it might have been caused by a crack in the flue that spread to the wall. The fire consumed the outside wall of the house and caused damage to the chimney, necessitating its being knocked down.
"Whenever a chimney becomes super heated like that, it can crack the cement block and become unstable," said Newgent.
No one was injured in the fire. Bev Crawford was in the house napping when the fire started, but her dogs -- Gunner, a Miniature Pinscher mix and Sam, a chocolate Labrador Retriever -- woke her.
Responding to the fire were representatives of the Bainbridge Fire Department, Clinton Township Rescue and Fire Department, Greencastle Fire Department and the Russellville Fire Department.
More information will be available in tomorrow's Banner Graphic.