Otterbein home a total loss after fire


OTTERBEIN, Ind. (WLFI) – An Otterbein home is a total loss after catching fire Saturday afternoon.

Otterbein Fire Department responded to the fire at Columbia and Rhode Streets in Otterbein around 3:00 p.m. Assistant Chief Kevin Shoults says a passerby called in the fire. Crews say heavy smoke was visible upon arrival.

Shoults adds that the wind may have played a role in how destructive the flames became.

“The wind probably did help push it through the house because of where it started [and] the direction the wind was blowing,” said Shoults.

No people or pets were injured in the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, 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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