Firefighters respond to vacant house fire

Bill Powell/The Herald
The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire concentrated at the rear of a vacant house at 1308 Newton St. at 4:34  this morning. Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to the inner structure but the back of the house and an exterior stairway were burned. The cause is under investigation.


From local sources

JASPER — The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire concentrated at the rear of a vacant house at 1308 Newton St. at 4:34 this morning.

Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said neighbors awoke to the sound of popping and cracking at the rear of the house and called authorities. When the department arrived, a neighbor to the north was using a garden hose to hold down the flames.

The fire appeared to have started in the vicinity of a sofa on the back stoop, Hochgesang said. The sofa was consumed by fire by the time the department arrived and flames were touching the second story’s eaves.

Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to the inner structure but the back of the house, including an exterior stairway leading to the second story, was burned. The structure’s interior sustained smoke and water damage.

The cause is under joint investigation by the fire department and the Jasper Police Department.
The house is scheduled for a sheriff’s sale at the end of this month. Hochgesang had yet to research the financial institution that retains ownership.

The chief indicated a rough estimate for the damage was $10,000.

Four trucks and 28 firefighters were on the scene for an hour.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Jasper police and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

The response to the fire closed Newton Street to traffic between Ninth and 13th streets for about an hour.




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