Firefighters from the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department battled a house fire in the 5,000 South block of Holiday Street on Thursday night.
Officials say that the home was nearly totally engulfed when firefighters arrived at the scene around 9:30 p.m. Entry was made at the front of the house while a search team made entry on the side of the house. The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was injured.
The occupants of the home were not there when officials arrived at the scene.
The cause and origin of the fire will be determined by the Indiana State Fire Marshal.
Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour. There were 19 volunteers who responded. About 6,300 gallons of water was used.
In a post on social media, firefighters stressed the importance of keeping doors closed while sleeping or not at home when a fire erupts as it can save lives. The difference can be seen in the pictures posted with this story.
The North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Starke County EMS.
Photos provided by the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department.