The Indiana Township Fire and Rescue Department and the City of Knoxville Fire and Rescue Department were called to a residential structure fire in the 2200 block of 140th Avenue in Attica at 7:39 p.m. Friday night. When crews arrived, they found a fully sunken two-story structure. The crews launched a sea shuttle operation, as well as an aggressive defensive fire attack from outside the structure. Five tender trucks were used to haul water from two locations: a water tower east of Pershing and a fire hydrant south of Knoxville. The fire is extinguished at 9:45 p.m. and the teams remain on site until 11:20 p.m. to put out the hot spots. The house was a total loss. Three dogs were lost in the fire and no one was home when the fire broke out. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fire and the cause is undetermined. Marion County Emergency Management has been contacted with the Red Cross. Indiana Township Fire was dispatched a second time at 2:30 a.m. as part of the roof ignited, but that fire was quickly extinguished.
Indiana Township was assisted by Knoxville Township Rural Fire, Columbia, Knoxville City Rescue, Melcher-Dallas, Bussey and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Photo courtesy of Columbia Fire Chief Pierce
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