Off-duty firefighter pulls two people from trailer fire

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MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) – Two people were hospitalized after a fire ripped through a trailer south of  Monticello.

Monticello Fire Assistant Chief Robert Hickman said the fire started around 6 p.m. Friday in the 1100 block of U.S. 421. Off-duty firefighter Jared Orem arrived on scene before emergency crews. He pulled out two people inside the trailer.

Hickman said Orem needed help from another civilian, David Hefner, to keep the two people from going back in the trailer to retrieve their belongings.

When emergency crews arrived, the trailer was engulfed with flames. Hickman said crews were able to get it under control quickly. Two people were transported to IU Health White Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Hickman said the trailer is a total loss.

U.S. 421 was closed while crews worked to extinguish the fire. It was back open by 8:00 p.m. Friday.

Crews from Idaville, Reynolds, and Chalmers fire departments assisted.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Hickman said the people inside the home are not cooperating with investigators. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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