Weekend fire destroys Mariah Hill-area home

From Local Sources

MARIAH HILL — There were no injuries when a weekend fire destroyed a two-story brick home between Mariah Hill and St. Meinrad.

Units of the St. Meinrad Volunteer Fire Department were called to the Daniel and Brenda Buechler home at 8479 E. Spencer County Road 2000N at 11:29 a.m. CT Saturday, according to Fire Chief Tom Kloeck.

Kloeck said Brenda Buechler reported the fire after coming home to find smoke coming from the eaves and flames coming from the rear of the house.

The fire that had a headstart on firefighters appeared to have started in a laundry room, according to the chief. The exact cause may be determined after an insurance company’s fire inspector investigates today, according to Kloeck.

The chief said 25 of the department’s 28 firefighters responded, with trucks rolling within three minutes. Kloeck and two other firefighters were only a block from the fire station at the time of the call. Two other firefighters who were training at Nancy Hanks Elementary were on the scene within about two minutes.

The chief said flames were coming through the roof and heavy smoke was coming from the eaves when the department arrived.

The department had the fire under control in 30 minutes. Firefighters stayed on the scene with five trucks for a total of five hours, helping the occupants retrieve items.

The house was insured and the couple is staying with family, according to Kloeck.

Spencer County Emergency Medical Services kept an ambulance on standby and the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.

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