RUSSIAVILLE — Mark Love and his family were on the way out the door for a bonfire Saturday night when they saw the smoke.

Only it wasn’t from the bonfire; it was from the rental property he owns next door.

“My wife called 911 and several people reported it as well,” Love said. “It’s the first house we ever bought. We lived here before we built.

“We tried to keep it down with the garden hose to keep it from spreading to the house.”

A fire started in the two-car, detached garage of the home at 3380 S. 680 West around 9 p.m. Saturday, destroying the garage and causing fire and heat damage to the north side of the house of the house.

Firefighters had their hands full when they arrived, Russiaville chief Landon Bartley said.

“The original crews took a hand line to the garage and another to the house to protect it from exposure,” he said. “(The fire) definitely wanted to get across to the house. Fortunately the guys got onto it early and directed all of their resources into protecting the house. Then they went to the garage. That’s what saved the house.

“The house suffered some exposure damage. The damage inside it is not bad.”

Three people were living in the home.

“No one was injured, including the firefighters, and that’s good,” Love said.

Bartley and other fire investigators examined the site Sunday searching for the cause of the blaze.

“Right now,” he said, “the cause is still undetermined and it is still under investigation.”

Fire departments from Harrison and Taylor townships and the Emergency Management Agency were called to the scene. Duke Energy was also called to the scene.

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