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Bee Creek home destroyed by fire Tuesday

A home on Lee lane, just off of Bee Creek Road, was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning.

Oak Grove firefighters were initially paged to the scene at 8:33 a.m.

Oak Grove Fire Chief Kevin Gibbs said the home was full involved in fire when the first units arrived.

“It had already vented through the roof,” Gibbs said. “That was the reason you could see the large plume of smoke in the air.”

Within minutes the remains of the roof collapsed.

Firefighters had the blaze knocked down within 40 minutes. However, the back of the home was destroyed by the blaze.

“Apparently, it had been burning a pretty good while before someone called 911,” Gibbs, said, noting a fire doubles in size every 15 minutes.

Woodbine and Bald Rock firefighters were called for manpower and tanker trucks.

Gibbs said no one was inside the home at the time. Firefighters are still working to track down the owner and the resident of the property, along with the cause of the fire.

“From what we could tell, the fire began in what we believe was a bedroom on the back side of the house,” Gibbs said, noting firefighters have not traced it to a particular source. “I will be going back out there later this evening to see if I can determine what started it.”

Gibbs said firefighters were on the scene for more than three hours performing salvage and overhaul.

“We had to take up some of the flooring to make sure we had the fire extinguished,” Gibbs said, noting the home is a total loss.

Whitley County EMS also responded to the scene.


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