Updated: Fire severely damages Washington Street home

Andy Simmons Staff Writer

January 6, 2014

Nobody was injured in a house fire that started Monday morning, but the home was severely damaged.

According to LaGrange Fire Department’s Lt. Chris Taylor, firefighters received a call at about 11:40 a.m. regarding a fire at a residence in the 1300 block of Washington Street.

The home owner, three adults and a teenager escaped the fire without injury. The occupants were alerted by an adult concerning a fire located in a bedroom.

Firefighters began aggressively attacking the fire from the exterior due to the heavy fire involvement, with heavy smoke showing from the front and rear of the resident, while battling extremely cold temperatures and high winds that were feeding the fire, according to a LFD press release. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control at 1:03 p.m.

The home was destroyed and sustained heavy fire and smoke damage. There were no working utilities at the time of the fire and there were no working smoke alarms inside the resident, said the press release. LaGrange fire investigators determined that a candle was used in the bedroom, but the actual cause of the fire is undetermined. American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the family with additional resources.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.