Morning fire displaces couple, claims 1 pet

Photos by Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald
Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire on Giesler Road in Jasper on Tuesday morning. Firefighters were able to resuce two cats from the home but the owners' Dalmation puppy could not be revived.


JASPER — The American Red Cross was called to assist a Jasper couple after a fire discovered this morning extensively damaged their south-side home.

Firefighters carried two cats outside to safety from the 891 Giesler Road home of Dylan R. Anderson and Kendall C. Neukam but a Dalmatian puppy that was administered oxygen could not be revived, according to Jasper Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

A passerby saw smoke and reported the fire at 8:36 a.m., according to Hochgesang. Anderson and Neukam were at work at the time and were summoned home.

It appears the fire started in the home’s kitchen and burned through to the upstairs. Hochgesang and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office will investigate.

Estimated damage to the home may exceed $75,000.

Hochgesang said the couple is preparing to marry next month and items for their wedding were upstairs.

“Some of it is salvageable,” Hochgesang said.

The fire chief said the house, which was insured, may be a total loss. He estimated the damage to have exceeded $75,000.

Four trucks and 31 firefighters were on the scene in excess of an hour and a half.

The Jasper Police Department and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department provided traffic control at the scene. Jasper Municipal Utilities and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also assisted.

A GoFundMe page for the couple has been set up here:

Clad in firetruck pajamas, Bayron Martinez of Jasper, 3, woke up to Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responding to a house fire next door in Jasper on Tuesday morning. Alongside his uncle Donnie Collins of Jasper, Bayron watched the firefighters work on their neighbor's home from his perch on top of his aunt and uncle's car.

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