TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Fire crews are investigating and working to comb through rubble at the Light House Mission in Terre Haute after an early morning fire on Friday.
Fire Chief Jeff Fisher described the fire as massive and possibly dangerous.
Several fire crews and trucks were called out to the scene.
We spoke with Chief Fisher and arson investigator Norm Loudermilk to find out where the fire started and what happened.
“As you can see behind us the ladder is up on top…the roof has collapsed on the north side of the building, so this fire was pretty intense,” Chief Fisher told us.
“Well, first we want to make it safe…and then we want to make sure it’s extinguished, so then we do what’s called an overhaul to make sure the fire is completely extinguished,” Loudermilk said.
Fisher and Loudermilk said they were proud of the work the firefighters did on the scene of the fire.
All 48 residents of the Light House Mission did make it out safely.
“Oh lord, we’ve been having…yeah, we’ve been having enough trouble, you know? To have something like this kind of like…ah, so it’s just overwhelming at this time,” Rev. Tim Fagg, CEO of the Light House Mission said.
We spoke with Jeff Pear, a resident of the Light House Mission.
“I couldn’t smell it in my room until I stepped out into the hallway. Once I stepped out into the hallway, the smoke was real strong. It was overwhelming,” Pear said.
The next step, once the building is safe enough, is for Arson Investigator Norm Loudermilk and his team to begin their investigation.
We will continue to follow this story, and bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.