TH Fire Chief: Cause of fire could have been lawnmower

WTHI Photo / Cody Muphy
WTHI Photo / Cody Muphy

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – UPDATE 6:00PM: News 10’s Jaclyn Bevis spoke with the Battalion Chief on scene who stated the fire is currently contained.

He reported the fire started in the basement and the smoke was so heavy it took a while for firefighters to find the source of the fire.

All rooms have been evacuated and no residents were injured.

Terre Haute City Fire Chief Jeff Fisher reports the preliminary cause of the fire can be tied to a riding lawnmower located in the basement.

Reports of a distress signal was confirmed but both the Battalion Chief and Fisher report all firefighters are accounted for and no injuries have been reported although heat has been an issue.

Officials are continuing to investigate how many apartments were affected by smoke.


UPDATE 5:10PM: News 10 is at the scene of a fire at University Apartmetns located just off Third Street in Terre Haute.

Officials have confirmed people were being evacuated from the building.

Witnesses at the scene state they saw smoke billowing up from the basement and another witness who was on the first flood stated there was smoke outside the first floor doors.

Firefighters are at the scene and at this time there are six tanker trucks.

Our crew at the scene saw a stretcher being taken inside the building, but no one has been removed from the building and no word on injuries 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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