State Police troopers respond to I-70, Clay County fires

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Trooper James Crisp extinguishing his part of the I-70 fire early Monday.
State Police photo

PUTNAMVILLE Troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Putnamville responded to a pair of recent fires.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. Monday, Troopers James Crisp and Kyle Hall responded to a grass fire in the median of eastbound Interstate 70 near the 48-mile marker in eastern Putnam County, seven miles east of Cloverdale.

The fire was approximately 25 feet in length, authorities said, and due to the quick response of the troopers utilizing their standard-issue fire extinguishers, the fire was completely extinguished. Responding fire units were given orders to disregard the call and return to station.

Sunday evening at approximately 7:50, Troopers Todd Brown, David Petrowski, James Crisp and Kyle Hall witnessed smoke coming from the area of County Roads 850 North and 225 West in Clay County and responded to the scene.

The troopers located a fully involved shed fire, spreading quickly to a nearby residence at 8545 N. County Road 225 West, and immediately contacted the Clay County Emergency Dispatch Center for fire suppression units.

Troopers Crisp, Hall and Petrowski entered the residence to check for occupants, while Master Trooper Brown relayed emergency information to the ISP Region V Dispatch Center. No one was found inside the home.

Troopers then utilized their fire extinguishers to keep the fire from spreading to the house from the fully engulfed shed and subsequent grass fire.

Posey Township firefighters arrived a short time later and extinguished the entire blaze.

There were no injuries during either event.

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