Thirty-two-year-old Terri Likens, who resided at the residence, is employed at the nursing home in Portland and coming home from work around 2:15 a.m. on Saturday morning, August 2nd, she found her home on fire and immediately called for help. “I was coming in from work early Saturday morning when I found my home and my truck on fire,” Terri told the Macon County Chronicle on Saturday afternoon. “After I called for help, it wasn’t long before emergency personnel began arriving.”
Chief Joe Young, of the South Allen County Volunteer Fire Department, stated that upon arrival the single wide mobile home and pick up truck, that was parked nearby, were both engulfed in flames. “We had two engines, a tanker and 12 firefighters at the fire scene,” said the fire chief.”
A mutual aid call on a structure fire went out to the Lafayette Fire Department around 2:30 a.m., and according to Senior Firefighter Michael Bransford, they took an engine and tanker to the scene. “We had six firemen at the fire scene,” said Bransford, “and this was the first run for the new tanker we received on June 13 of this year.”
“We were at the scene for two hours,” said Chief Young, “and everything appeared to be a total loss. The fire seemed suspicious and the Macon County Sheriffs Office came to the same conclusion.”
“We would like to thank the Lafayette Fire Department for backing us up,” added the Chief. “They always come when we call for help.”
According to Chief Deputy Byron Satterfield of the Macon County Sheriffs Office, they are working on this suspicious fire in conjunction with the State Fire Marshall’s Office. “Detectives are gathering evidence at the scene and conducting interviews about any suspicious activity involving this fire and it’s origin,” Satterfield said.
If anyone has any information about this fire, please call the Macon County Sheriff Office. You can remain anonymous.
“I would like to thank everyone who came to help,” said Terri. “I appreciated it.”
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