Fire destroys modular home in Kyana

Photos courtesy Schnellville firefighter Doug Fischer

Herald Staff Writer

KYANA — Authorities this morning were still trying to reach the owner of a double-wide modular home destroyed by fire late Monday night.

A passerby reported the fire at the 7155 E. State Road 64 property owned by Debbie Schepers at 11:11 p.m., according to Schnellville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Fischer.

No one was home at the time of the fire and it appears Schepers may not have been actively residing at the address, said Fischer, who was still trying to contact her.

Fischer said flames were coming from the structure’s roof when firefighters arrived. Units of the St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department were called to assist at the scene with a tanker and a pumper.
Fire trucks refilled their tanks from a dry hydrant a quarter-mile from the location during the response. Fischer said the majority of the fire was knocked down within 10 minutes.

The cause of the fire was undetermined, according to Fischer. The home was a total loss.

Schnellville’s department responded with four trucks and 23 firefighters. St. Anthony’s department contributed the two trucks and 15 firefighters. Units were on the scene for three hours.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also assisted.

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