Firefighters battle two house fires

Firefighters spray water on a home in Urbana on Friday morning, Jan. 20. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Area firefighters were busy last week, battling two house fires on two consecutive days.

On Friday morning, Urbana firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire on State Road 13, just south of Urbana.

The garage-area of the home was fully engulfed in flames when police and firefighters arrived on the scene. The home was vacant and was in the process of being remodeled by theowner.

Personnel from Lagro and Roann fire departments also were on the scene, as were the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department and Wabash County EMA.

On Thursday morning, firefighters from four area departments battled a house fire on Old U.S. 24, just west of the Aleris International entrance.

Firefighters from Noble Township, Lagro, Roann and Wabash battled the blaze for about an hour before getting it under control, Noble Township Assistant Chief Rob Cussen said.

The fire was first reported about 6 a.m., he said.

“We had fire coming out the back side,” he said of the scene when firefighters first arrived. “The interior was all lit up and on fire.”

A cause for the fire has yet to be determined. Cussen estimated damage could be around $200,000.

No one was home and there were no injuries reported.

Also on the scene were Wabash County Emergency Management Agency and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department.

Posted on 2017 Jan 24