Fire ravages Frazier Street home

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Emergency workers were able to save the homeowner but not the home Tuesday evening after fire broke out in a North Side Greencastle residence.

Cause of the 5:28 p.m. fire that ravaged the metal, pole barn-style home at 20 Frazier St. is still under investigation, Capt. Rob Frank said after two Greencastle Fire Department engines returned to station shortly before 8 p.m.

Firefighters believe the fire started in the kitchen area, breached the ceiling there and got into the attic space above, turning the main part of the home into “pretty much a total loss,” Frank said.

“The fire was out fairly quickly,” the shift captain said. “We got water on it quick to make sure it didn’t extend to other parts of the house.”

But Fire Chief John Burgess said roof damage and other structural damage combined to create pretty much a total loss, despite quick work by fire units in dousing the blaze.

Quick actions also prevented the fire from taking a human or animal toll. Firefighter Brock Beebe and Greencastle Police Officer Kyle Lee were able to pull homeowner Marie Tippin out through a window after she reportedly re-entered the burning home in pursuit of her three dogs.

“We managed to save all the pets,” Frank said, “although we had a little trouble getting the pitbull to come out. He wasn’t very happy.”

Besides the two engines from GFD, the box alarm sent units from Madison Township, Bainbridge, Fillmore and Cloverdale responding to the scene, while Reelsville firefighters covered the Greencastle station.

The Fire Department plans to have an investigator back out at the scene today to further look into the cause, Frank said.

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  • So sad. This elderly couple are raising their grandsons, as well. I’m glad no lives were lost.

    -- Posted by kbmom on Wed, Feb 21, 2018, at 10:20 AM
  • My thoughts and prayers are with this family. Such a sad thing. But also glad they are ok.

    -- Posted by interestedperson#1 on Wed, Feb 21, 2018, at 1:54 PM
  • Sorry to hear of this horrible situation. Keeping all in my thoughts and prayers.

    -- Posted by richardsonwendy211 on Wed, Feb 21, 2018, at 7:57 PM
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