Home a total loss after fire on Rio Grande Avenue


VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – A family forced out into the cold of an early morning, forced to watch a large fire destroy their home.

News 10’s Brittany Earl spoke with both the family and the firefighters to get an understanding of what caused the fire to begin with.

“Yea, when we arrived the house was fully gone,” explained Chief Cory Robertson, Nevins Volunteer Fire Department. “Exterior attack only.. we could not make entry on the house. Every family member was already out.”

Video taken showed exactly what firefighters arrived to find – the house fully engulfed. They stayed several hours trying to save the home, from early morning all the way into the afternoon.

But, unfortunately the home is a total loss.

Hot spots could still be seen smoking, but firefighters stated they are not worried about them re-igniting because of how cold it is outside.

At the back of the house you can see where the fire started.

The homeowners, Mark and Paula Schaffer, were inside the house when the fire started. Mark told News 10 he was lucky enough to have woken in the middle of the night to use the restroom. That is when he discovered heavy smoke coming from the area of the home where the wood burner was located.

Within seconds he got his family outside.

Officials have not reported if the wood burner was the cause of the fire and the fire is still under investigation. No word if they are going to call in the State Fire Marshall.

The Nevins Volunteer Fire Department wants to remind people to be careful during the winter months when using heaters and wood burners.

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