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Stubborn House Fire Displaces 3 During Holidays

Fire truck at Evansville Fire Department Station 1.
Tim Jagielo
Fire truck at Evansville Fire Department Station 1.

Red Cross contacted to help 3 residents, 2 dogs

A house fire in Evansville displaced three adults and two pet dogs. WNIN’s John Gibson reports:

EFD Division Chief Mike Larson says contractors working at the home at 2011 Harding Ave. reported the fire just after noon Monday.

Firefighters arrived and reported heavy smoke coming from the crawl space and void spaces going up the walls.

Larson said due to limited access to the crawl space and the construction of the home, it took an extended period of time to track down all the fire in the different voids.

The blaze was considered extinguished in about 40 minutes.

Larson said a plumbing contractor, working in the crawl space, was installing new drains and in the process of cutting through an old drain pipe, hit an electric line and caused an arc.

Vapors from the chemicals being used caught fire.

The plumbers tried to extinguish the flames before they decided to get out, alert the residents, and call 9-1-1.

No injuries were reported and investigators ruled the fire accidental.

The Red Cross responded to assist the three displaced adults and two dogs.