South side fire ruled accidental


LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The fire that ripped through and damaged two homes on Lafayette’s south side Thursday evening was ruled accidental.

The Lafayette Fire Department revealed Friday that investigators could not rule out smoking materials coming in contact with combustible patio furniture as a cause for this fire. Investigators have determined the cause to be accidental.

The fire started after 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Forge Estates subdivision on George Washington Road. The first home caught fire before spreading to the attic of the neighboring home. No one was in either house when the homes caught fire.

Lafayette Fire Capt. Larry Hitze said the home on the east said was a total loss, while the other home received substantial damage to the garage and attic.

“It’s somebody having a real bad day,” said Hitze. “It’s just too bad that we couldn’t save much, especially for that first homeowner.”

Hitze said the wind was a factor.

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