The Herald Bulletin

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Cops, courts and fires

April 1, 2014

Garage goes up in smoke

ANDERSON, Ind. —

Three people were awakened by smoke late Tuesday morning after their garage caught fire.

The Anderson Fire Department responded to a call on a house fire on the 2600 block of Highland Road about 11:15 a.m. The house sits on the corner of Highland Road and Mark Lane.

Assistant Battalion Chief Gary Condon said heavy flames were shooting out of the garage when crews arrived.

"The first company came in and knocked the fire down in the garage," Condon said. "Then we had crews go in and get inside the house and start hitting it there."

The fire was under control within about 15 minutes although smoke continued to pour out for the next hour as firefighters worked to extinguish hot spots in the garage and attic.

Morrie Reed, an Anderson resident, said he stopped at the site when he saw the fire and smoke billowing into the sky. He said the flames were about 20 to 30 feet high before the fire engines arrived. He said there were also small explosions coming from inside the garage as the fire roared.

"I couldn't tell what they were," Reed said. "But they were coming out of the garage."

Condon said they were advised there could be gun ammunition inside the house. He said crews heard one explosion while they were there but couldn't say for sure what it was. He said most garages contain many combustible materials in addition to the possibility of ammunition.

No vehicles were inside the garage, but a car parked in the driveway had some fire damage.

The couple inside the house at the time of the fire declined to comment. Condon said the couple, along with the wife's father who was also in the house, stated they were sleeping when smoke woke them up. All three were safely out of the house when firefighters arrived. The fire department said the couple also had two children who were in school at the time of the fire.

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