Friday fire displaces Ferdinand-area family

Jacob Wiegand/The Herald Ferdinand firefighters Steven DeKemper, Josh Stenftenagel and Assistant Fire Chief Luke Fleck responded to a house fire Friday at 7875 S. 75E in Ferdinand.


FERDINAND — It will take additional investigating to determine the cause of a Friday afternoon fire that has temporarily forced a family from their home northwest of Ferdinand.

Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department were called to the Scott and Angie Ubelhor residence at 7875 S. 75E at 1:39 p.m., according to Fire Chief Dan Lindauer. The Ubelhors were not home at the time but next door neighbor Travis Englert spotted smoke coming from the eaves of a corner of the house and called to report a residential fire.

Lindauer said the department arrived to heavy smoke and flames coming out of the northwest corner of the house. Firefighters entered from the front of the home and found the fire was in a back bedroom and its adjoining bathroom.

Firefighters contained the flames to those two rooms.

Lindauer said flames gutted the bathroom and the extreme heat busted a window there, allowing fire to go up the side of the house and into the roof area before the blaze was brought under control.

The rest of the home sustained heavy heat and smoke damage, according to the fire chief.

“At this point I’m thinking the home is repairable but at this time I cannot determine what caused the blaze,” Lindauer said.

The chief has requested the assistance of an Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office representative in determining how the fire may have started.

The Ubelhors had functioning smoke detectors that were sounding as firefighters entered the home. They also had insurance coverage and an adjustor who came to the scene, the chief said.

The adjustor advised the family on securing the home and told Lindauer the insurance company would take a lead role in ensuring the Ubelhors had any needed assistance.

“I know that all their clothing and everything that was in the house has heavy smoke damage to it,” Lindauer said.

Five trucks and 22 firefighters were on the scene in excess of two hours but there were no injuries.

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

Relatives say the family is in need of donations of clothing and personal items like shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes, deodorant, tooth paste and tooth brushes. Donations can be dropped off at the Greg and Cheyenne Ubelhor home at 640 1/2 Missouri St., Ferdinand. Greg and Cheyenne are Scott and Angie’s brother and sister-in-law. Greg and Cheyenne can be reached at 812-661-2949 or messaged on Facebook.

Clothing sizes needed are:
• Adult male: Pants 29W 32L; Shirts medium; Shoes size 10 1/2.
• Adult female: Size 5 jeans; Shirts medium or large; Shoes size 6 1/2.
• Adult female: Size 3 jeans; Shirts/sweatshirts small; Shoes size 7 1/2.

Jacob Wiegand/The Herald Ferdinand firefighter Jeremy Bockting looked out a broken window while he responded to a house fire Friday at 7875 S. 75E. in Ferdinand. Ferdinand Fire Chief Dan Lindauer said he did not know the cause of the fire at this time. He said when the department arrived the fire was in the back corner of the house in a bedroom and bathroom where he said it was able to be contained. The chief said no one was home during the fire and there were no injuries.
Jacob Wiegand/The Herald Ferdinand firefighters Heath Berg and Jeremy Bockting responded to a house fire Friday at 7875 S. 75 E. in Ferdinand.

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