TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Firefighters are not sure what caused a fire that destroyed a Tippecanoe County home Friday afternoon, sending smoke into the air that was visible for miles around.
It all happened around 4 p.m. at a home on the 6100 block of Maderia Lane, near Buck Creek. Smoke was visible from Yeoman to West Lafayette.
Buck Creek Fire Chief Mike Welborn now believes that a neighbor was the first to call in the fire, followed shortly by a Delphi firefighter who happened to be driving by.
When firefighters arrived on scene, there was little they could to do stop it.
“No, no chance at all,” said Welborn. “You could see flames coming out the windows, out the roof, everywhere. It was already collapsing in. The main floor had already collapsed into the basement so there was no way to go inside at all without taking the chance of someone falling in.”
Investigators said the homeowner had been home until about 30 minutes before the fire broke out.
Because of the extensive damage, the cause remains undetermined. Firefighters believe it’s possible the fire started in the basement.
No one was injured. As of late Friday night, a family dog was still missing.
Firefighters were on scene for about five hours, leaving around 9 p.m.