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Blaze destroys New Whiteland home; fire’s cause unknown


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A blaze destroyed a New Whiteland home Thursday, sending out clouds of smoke that could be seen for miles.

A neighbor living near the house, slightly west of U.S. 31 and north of Tracy Road, called 911 about 11:05 a.m. after seeing the house was on fire, New Whiteland Fire Department Chief Brian Hedrick said.

The house, at 128 Windemere Road, was home to a family of four, who weren’t home at the time. Officials are not sure how the fire started but said they know it started in the rear of the home, which suffered the most damage.

 

Smoke from the fire could be seen from Franklin.

Firefighters from five fire departments — New Whiteland, Greenwood, White River Township, Bargersville and Franklin — spent about 30 minutes putting out the blaze

The fire started in a rear corner of the house, traveled up a wall and then filled the attic. Flames didn’t spread to the rest of the house, but smoke and water damaged the $110,000 structure beyond repair, Hedrick said.

He said heat from the fire damaged the siding of the house next door, at 130 Windemere Road.

“I would say it was a moderate (fire). It wasn’t just a room and contents, but it wasn’t fully involved,” he said.

Representatives from the family’s insurance companies arrived at the scene shortly after the fire was contained, and the residents have family members who live nearby, Hedrick said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Hedrick said it likely will take investigators one to two weeks to determine a cause.

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