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Henderson County home leveled by fire

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Our tower cam in Downtown Evansville gives us a good look at the Henderson County fire Our tower cam in Downtown Evansville gives us a good look at the Henderson County fire
Source: Jennifer Wilson Tamayo Source: Jennifer Wilson Tamayo
Source: Jennifer Wilson Tamayo Source: Jennifer Wilson Tamayo

A fire that likely started in garage of a Henderson County home could not be controlled until the house was practically destroyed.  No one was hurt and that's because the family was on vacation.

Five fire crews from Henderson County responded to the large fire Monday morning, and were on scene until after 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, making sure all the hotspots were out.  

Neighbors say this fire shows just how much more fire hydrants are needed in the county.

 

"I heard a big boom, rocked the house. I looked out and when I did, the front of the house was on fire," said Mark Peckenpaugh, who lives across the street.

Fire officials say they arrived at 3772 Melody Lane just before 8:00 a.m. Monday morning, and the home's roof in flames, a car with a full tank of gas inside.  

A fire neighbors, like Peckenpaugh say, spread quickly.

"It was too far gone to save," Peckenpaugh said.

"We had a propane tank explosion on the back side that ruptured to help fuel the fire from the back, so yeah, it was tough from the start," Baskett Fire Chief Tom Sampson said.

Something else that made this fire tough, Sampson tells 14 News the nearest fire hydrant was about a half mile away.

"We rely on guys with tankers to provide water for us, which takes time," Sampson said.

Crews from five departments worked until after 1:00 p.m. making sure hot spots were out.

While Sampson tells us a closer hydrant wouldn't have saved this house, more hydrants in the county are needed.  Officials say this is the second house fire on this street since spring.

"Especially now since two houses have burned, it really is more of an issue," said Judy Mayes. 

The county says in the past, the water district's main focus was getting clean drinking water to rural homes. Judge Executive Hugh McCormick tells 14 News there is a plan underway to install more hydrants, the county ordering 50 Monday morning. A plan neighbors like Peckenpaugh say they're on board with.

"They could put one in my front yard. I wouldn't care. I'd be more than happy to welcome
it," Peckenpaugh said. 

Fire officials say they are still investigating what started this fire. Red Cross was on scene Monday morning and will be there to help the family if needed.

 

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