The cause of two house fires on Prairie Street in Medaryville in the early morning hours on July 2 remains under investigation.
Medaryville Fire Chief Shaun Hauptli explained that firefighters saw a two-story house owned by Danny Clark fully engulfed when en route to the fire station. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found a home next door on fire which is owned by Randy Franscoviak.
Manpower was requested from the Francesville Fire Department to help extinguish the fires. There wasn’t anyone in Clark’s home at the time of the fire while Franscoviak and his daughter escaped their home safely. Clark’s residence is a total loss while Franscoviak’s home suffered severe damage to an exterior wall and the roof and attic area. The main floor suffered heat, smoke and water damage.
Fire officials cleared the scene after 5:30 p.m. after investigating the cause and area of origin. The state fire marshal was called to the scene, but the cause of the fire at Clark’s home has not been released.