Firefighters respond to Roann house fires

Lagro volunteer firefighters and personnel from five other area fire departments assisted Noble Township Fire Department in dousing a house fire that devastated two Roann residences on Wednesday, May 31. Photo by Emma Rausch

By The Paper staff

Seven fire departments responded to a house fire on Wednesday, May 31, that devastated two Roann residences.

According to a press release by Chief Nathan Zinn, of the Noble Township Fire Department:

At approximately 4:22 p.m., the NTFD responded to a structure fire at 7244 W. County Road 250 N. in Roann.

Upon arrival, the firefighters found heavy smoke and fire conditions and, within a minute of arrival, an adjacent residence at 7222 W. CR 250 N. caught fire due to high winds in the area at the time.

Six additional fire departments—including Roann, Urbana, Lagro, Pleasant Township, Denver of Miami County and Wabash City—responded to the fire to aid Noble Township.

The residents of the first structure were not home at the time. Meanwhile, the residents of the second structure were evacuated with the help of their neighbor and NTFD members.

The Wabash City Fire Department transported one person to the Wabash Parkview Hospital for smoke related issues. No other injuries were reported.

As of 8:30 p.m., the fire was extinguished and units had left the scene.

With both residences, damage was estimated to be more than $200,000.

The Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

Also assisting at the scene were Wabash County EMA, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, the Red Cross, Heartland REMC and Papa John’s Pizza.

Posted on 2017 Jun 06