Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 13, 2013

Blaze breaks out at Whitley Co. firefighter's home


The Associated Press

Churubusco — Crews from a northeastern Indiana fire department had to rush to put out a blaze at the home of their assistant chief.

The fire was reported Thursday at the home near the Whitley County town of Churubusco after assistant chief Kris Bair and his wife smelled smoke and began searching the house.

Churubusco-Smith Township fire chief Chris Tomlinson says the flames had spread to the attic and walls by the time crews arrived.

Tomlinson tells The Journal Gazette it took firefighters about an hour to get the blaze under control.

He says the house about 15 miles northwest of Fort Wayne sustained heavy smoke, fire and water damage. No injuries were reported and the fire's cause wasn't immediately determined.