Passerby alerts residents to house fire at Jefferson & 2nd Streets in Elkhart

(Tommie Lee/MNC)

The Elkhart Fire Department was dispatched to the 200 block of Jefferson and N 2nd Street for a possible structure fire. The fire was called in by a passerby, around 1 a.m. on Monday, June 24.

The paserby is credited with alerting the occupants and got out of the structure without incident.

While fire units were enroute to the location, the smell of smoke was in the air and a visible plume was noted in the area.

Crews arrived on scene to find heavy visible smoke and flames coming from the 3rd story attic space. They quickly gained entry into the structure to perform a primary search of the structure while additional crew members were gaining access to the roof and deploying fire attack lines.

The firefighters fought the attic fire for approximately twenty minutes before the fire was deemed under control.

The fire was contained to the attic space above but heavy water damage was sustained throughout the 2nd and 1st floors. The blaze was deemed accidental in nature.

The American Red Cross was contacted to provided assistance and no citizens or firefighter injuries were reported.

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