Fire destroys car at Beaver Lake

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Herald Staff Writer

JASPER — A Thursday night fire destroyed a Vanderburgh County man’s car at Beaver Lake.

Members of the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department were at their fire station and were able to immediately roll trucks toward the lake between Celestine and Jasper when the 8:23 p.m. call about a vehicle fire was received.

Fire Chief Chris Hasenour said trucks approaching the site off County Road 325E, north of State Road 164, saw that a car at one of the Beaver Lake lots was engulfed. No structures were endangered.

Hasenour said the 2001 Nissan Maxima owned by Taran Ellis of Evansville was totaled. A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker was called to haul away the remains of the car.

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Five trucks and 19 firefighters were on the scene 50 minutes.

Hasenour said fate has found Celestine firefighters at their fire station several times this year when calls came in.

“That really gives you a jump on things,” he said, even though the vehicle was a lost cause this time.
The damage to the car was too extensive to determine a cause, but it appeared the fire started in the engine compartment, Hasenour said.

If his department would have been responding to a house fire, Hasenour said, the two- or three-minute head start would have made a big difference.

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