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Vanderburgh Co. home destroyed by two alarm fire

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A two alarm fire destroyed a house on Old State Road in Vanderburgh County Monday night. 

The fire is tapped out Monday night, but earlier in the day, it took several departments to get the fire under control. 

The flames were so strong that when firefighters arrived they knew there was no saving the house. The roof was already starting to collapse as flames shot from the second story, creating thick, black smoke that could be seen for miles.

"We thought it was our friend Austin's home, so we just ran over here," Hunter Reason said.

"I sprinted over here cause my buddy lives right there at that home. It was no joke, it kept coming back smoke after smoke," Reeder Pennell said. 

Fire trapped within the plaster walls of this older home caused flames to flare up several times. At one point, fire officials sounding an alarm.

To get all crews inside, out of what appeared to be a very dangerous situation.

"Huge flames coming out of the attic," Candace Vincent said about what she saw.

Firefighters from several different departments took turns battling the fire. Some inside on the second floor trying to contain the flames.

"Guys are starting to wear down," said Chief Duane Halsema with McCutchanville Fire Department.

The newly formed Women's Auxiliary rushed to the scene with water and ice for the firefighters. One of them, Jerri Johnson, mother of fallen McCutchanville Firefighter Jeremy Tighe.

"It's because Jeremy would want me to do so," Johnson told 14 News.

One firefighter was treated for a minor burn. We're told the homeowners and their three dogs were able to get out of the house. The Red Cross is assisting them Monday night. 

For more photos of the fire, click here.

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