Huntingburg firefighters called to 3 runs Monday

From Local Sources

HUNTINGBURG — Members of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to a trio of fire callouts Monday.

The first call, at 10:34 a.m., involved the smell of smoke inside Carla A. Klem’s residence at 106 Oak St.

Fire Chief Scott Patberg said the problem was attributed to a furnace issue, with Klem placing a call to get the unit serviced.

Three trucks and eight firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted with an ambulance on standby.

Then, at 12:05 p.m., the department was notified of a fully-involved vehicle fire at 403 E. Second Ave., Lot No. 2.

Patberg said the car was a 1999 Honda Civic owned by Mason Sanchez Cruz. It appeared the fire started in the vehicle’s interior but the cause was undetermined.

The Honda was a total loss.

Two trucks and 11 firefighters were on the scene 45 minutes. A Memorial Hospital EMS ambulance was on standby.

Finally, at 6:30 p.m., a smoke alarm activation sent the department to the Lofts at St. Joseph’s, 1900 Medical Arts Drive.

Patberg said the alarm system was triggered by an occupant’s cooking activity, specifically an item melting inside an oven.

Firefighters successfully reset the alarm system and used an exhaust fan to ventilate the unit.

Three trucks and 14 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes, with another two trucks on standby at the station.

At 9:11 a.m. Friday the department answered a report from a passerby of a possible structure fire at a home at 21st and Chestnut streets.

Patberg said the occupant had started a fire in his fireplace but there were no issues when the department came to the scene.

Three trucks and 15 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.

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