Fire destroys Greenwood home

A fire in a Greenwood neighborhood destroyed a family’s home.

Firefighters were called to the home in the Pebble Creek neighborhood, off Stop 18 Road and U.S. 31, just after 11 p.m. Friday.

A mother, father and at least two children woke up to the sound of their smoke detectors going off, and went outside to find their roof on fire, said Bryan Brown, Greenwood Fire Department investigator and inspector.

By that point, the flames had spread throughout the attic. The fire caused the roof of the kitchen to collapse, and firefighters had to knock out parts of the ceiling to put out all of the flames, Brown said.

The home is uninhabitable, and likely will be a total loss, he said.

Investigators suspect the fire was caused by an improperly discarded cigarette, and that it likely started after the family went inside for the evening on Friday, he said. The family had been grilling outside, but investigators do not believe that was the cause of the fire, he said.

The fire started on the back patio, spread up the side of the home and into the attic while the family slept, he said. The home’s smoke detectors woke them up, and everyone got out safely, he said.

Firefighters spent about an hour and a half putting out the blaze, and making sure all of the hot spots in the attic were put out, Brown said.

One of the residents works for the mobile home community, and the family has been able to move into another home in the neighborhood, he said.

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.