House fire near Irwin Thursday morning – Firefighters save some family possessions


February 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Shelby County say no injuries were reported following a house fire Thursday morning about four-miles northeast of Irwin. The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency says the fire happened at 2228 County Road F-16, just after nine-a.m. , Thursday. Jason Wickizer, Shelby County Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, says several area departments were called to the scene.

Wickizer said when crew from Irwin arrived, flames were clearly visible, so they requested mutual aid from Manning, Manilla, Defiance and Templeton. Also on the scene was F-S-C from Irwin, which brought extra water, and the American Red Cross. Despite their efforts, the home was a complete loss. Crews were however able to save some of the family’s possessions.

Firefighters were on the scene for over two hours. Wickizer said the last truck cleared the area at around 12:15-pm. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, and a dollar amount of the damage was not determined. The family was receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)