Icy Hill Hampered Firefighters’ Response To House Fire

Posted On January 16, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

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Update published at 10:10 a.m.:

Due to ice, snow and a steep hill to climb, firefighters could only access a house fire by four-wheel drive vehicle Monday.

The home on the 15500 block of Wilson Creek Road was reported on fire at around 5:30 p.m. Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Johnnie Tremain says the cabin was located about 3,000 feet off of the main road.

Lawrenceburg firefighters used the departments off-road brush truck to reach the home, but the home was engulfed in flames when they finally arrived. Manchester Fire Department aided with the use of their UTV, which is equipped with firefighting equipment.

“They busted a hole in a pond to get their water,” said Tremain.

The home is a complete loss. The man who lived there exited the home safely. He is currently staying with family, Tremain said.

The resident claimed a vehicle outside the home had caught fire first, then spread to the home. Tremain said the cause remains under investigation officially.

Firefighters were on scene for about four hours.

Departments from Aurora, Manchester Township, Greendale, and Hogan Township attempted to respond to the fire, but not all were able to reach the scene.


Original story published at 7:27 a.m.:

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Due to ice and snow, firefighters had trouble accessing a house fire in Lawrenceburg Monday evening.

A vehicle reportedly caught fire outside a home on the 15500 block of Wilson Creek Road around 5:30 p.m. The flames spread to the nearby home.

Firefighters had difficulty getting water tankers to the house fire because the trucks could not be driven up an icy hill leading to the home.

It is unclear if anybody was injured in the fire.

Lawrenceburg Fire Department could share more information later Tuesday.