By Deb Patterson
The fire early Friday morning, Jan. 26, at 16250 N. Rainey Road W., Syracuse, has been ruled accidental. The cause was investigated by the Kosciusko County Squad 70 Fire Investigation Team.
Roxanne Arnott and her dog were able to get out of the structure unharmed. She is reportedly receiving assistance with relocation and clothing from other citizens in the immediate area of the fire.
Damage to the home, owned by Joseph R. Kumstar, and its contents has been estimated at $110,000. Minimal damages, estimated at $1,000 each were sustained to the homes on both sides of the Arnott residence, due to radiant heat from the fire.
Turkey Creek Fire Territory was called at 1:05 a.m. to a report of a fire on a porch with all occupants out of the structure. When the first personnel with the fire department responded, one structure is fully involved in flames with at least two other homes exposed to the fire.
Arnott told fire officials her dog had awoken her from sleep by barking. When she investigated the cause of the barking she saw fire on the outside wall of the structure and the smoke alarms began to activate. She called 911 after exiting the home.
Manpower and tankers were provided by the North Webster and Benton Township fire departments, along with a tanker from Milford Fire Department.
The fire was brought under control at 1:53 a.m. Fire crews cleared the scene at 5:09 a.m.
A loss of electric utility service and cable service were reported in the area as a result of the fire. Utility crews were at the scene to conduct restoration of these services to the affected residences in the area.
There were no reported injuries to firefighters.