Fire destroys Jasper shed, damages home

Photo courtesy Jasper Volunteer Fire Department

Herald Staff Writer

JASPER — Fire destroyed a detached shed Saturday afternoon but the home nearby that had started to burn was saved by the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department’s response.

Glen Humbert was the only person home at 3219 Lakeside Drive when the sound of the back window of his house breaking at 3:43 p.m. alerted him to the fire consuming his nearby detached 20-by-20 shed, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang. Earlier in the afternoon, Humbert had worked on mowing equipment in the shed and used a stove there, Hochgesang said. The homeowner went back into the shed after that but noticed nothing amiss, the chief said.

A propane tank and aerosol cans exploded during the fire but firefighters had the blaze knocked down about five minutes after their arrival.

The cause of the fire was undetermined.

The shed with a brick base and an upper half with a wood frame contained tools and kitchen appliances. The structure and its contents were a total loss. Fire also damaged the home’s roof and wall near the shed. Hochgesang estimated total damage at $40,000. Heat from the fire also melted some vinyl siding on a home directly north of the fire scene, causing about $3,000 in damage there.

The Humberts were able to remain in their home. The rear window that was affected was triple-pane glass and only the outside pane was broken by the heat, Hochgesang said.

Five trucks and 27 firefighters were on the scene for an hour. The Jasper Police Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

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