Fire destroys residence west of St. Meinrad

Herald Staff Writer

ST. MEINRAD — Units of the St. Meinrad Volunteer Fire Department responded Saturday night to a fire at a double-wide mobile home west of St. Meinrad.

The 10:36 p.m. CDT call sent firefighters to the Thomas Harrison residence at 18849 N. State Road 162, south of Nancy Hanks Elementary School, according to Fire Chief Tom Kloeck.

Harrison was not home at the time of the fire, having left a couple of hours earlier, Kloeck said. The homeowner has college-age children but is thought to be the only person living in the 65-by-27 residence that had a basement under it, according to Kloeck.

Firefighters arrived to find flames coming through the roof in the kitchen area of the residence. Kloeck said St. Meinrad’s firefighters had the blaze under control in 12 minutes. The fire department was able to pump water from a lake roughly 400 feet from the fire, which greatly aided efforts to put out the fire, according to the chief.

The cause of the blaze is unknown, but it appears to have started in the kitchen, Kloeck said.

The insured structure was a total loss but some of Harrison’s possessions, particularly clothes and furniture in bedrooms away from the fire, could be cleaned and reused, Kloeck said.

Harrison, whom Kloeck said did not need assistance, is staying with family members who live just up the lane from the burned home.

Five trucks and 18 firefighters were on the scene two and a half hours. The Santa Claus Police Department, Spencer County Emergency Medical Services and a Tell City-based electric crew from Southern Indiana Power assisted.

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