[Nameplate] Fair ~ 63°F  
High: 73°F ~ Low: 48°F
Friday, May 6, 2016

Fire destroys home on Putnam-Parke line

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

An afternoon blaze Tuesday destroyed the home of Jim and Debbie Alexander on the Putnam-Parke county line. Firefighters from 11 departments spent the majorty of the afternoon battling the blaze, which took nearly four and a half hours to put out.
BRUNERSTOWN -- Firefighters from 11 departments spent all of Tuesday afternoon battling a blaze that destroyed a rural Parke County home.

Putnam County 911 Dispatch received a call of a house fire at 292 S. CR 900 West at 11:22 a.m. The first responders on scene found the front of the house fully engulfed in flames and part of the second floor collapsed.

"It was basically a defensive attack until we were able to knock it back," Madison Township Chief Lee Price said.

The property is on the west side of the road and therefore in Bellmore Fire Department's district, but Price served as incident commander.

Price said the collapse of the second floor, plus several additions to the house made it a complicated fire to battle.

A tank filled with heating oil in the basement was also a complicating factor. When fire reached the tank, thick, black smoke began to roll from the home. Firefighters used chemical foam to contain the oil fire and then continued to fight the structure fire.

Homeowners Jim and Debbie Alexander were out of town at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.

Water was literally pumped across the county line to fight the fire, as Madison Township set up its fire engine on the east side of the road.

Ten of the 11 departments on scene were from Putnam County, with Greencastle, Cloverdale Township, Clinton Township, Bainbridge, Washington Township, Putnamville Correctional Facility, Roachdale, Floyd Township and Fillmore also responded.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Putnam County Operation Life and Parke County REMC also provided support at the scene.

It took nearly 4 1/2 hours to extinguish the flames, with firefighters declaring the fire out at 3:49 p.m.

Price said a cause had not been determined as of early Tuesday evening. The investigation is the responsibility of the Bellmore Fire Department.

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on bannergraphic.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

So sorry for the Alexander family . My prayers go out to them all. And thank God no one was home at the time.

-- Posted by interestedperson on Thu, Mar 22, 2012, at 10:14 AM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: