Weekend fire totals abandoned Dubois house

From Local Sources

DUBOIS — A fire reported late Saturday night totaled an abandoned house in Dubois.

The owner of a neighboring property noticed fire at the Third and Sycamore streets house owned by Kristy Ranck of Fort Worth, Texas, and called 911 at 11:10 p.m., according to Dubois Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Zach Eichmiller.

Upon arrival, Eichmiller said, firefighters found the southwest corner of the house fully involved, with flames spreading throughout the structure.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames but not before the house was considered a total loss, according to Eichmiller.

A trackhoe was brought to the scene to tear down the house after it was deemed too unsafe for firefighters to put out hot spots from its interior.

The fire’s cause is undetermined, according to Eichmiller.

Three trucks and 18 firefighters responded.

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

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