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Another Way Mondays can Suck

Fire heavily damaged the Mike and Denise Lemmon home near Albion Monday morning.
The cause of the fire, which was reported at 9:27 a.m., remains under investigation but is believed to be accidental, according to the Albion Fire Department. No one was home at the time, but a family dog inside the house was killed. One firefighter was treated at the scene for a back injury.
The fire apparently started in the home's basement, possibly in the ceiling area, burned through a floor and quickly spread upward into the attic. Albion and Orange Township firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the two story wood frame structure, while workers from Whiteshire Hamrock Farms used fire extinguishers to attack the blaze. The Lemmon home is at the Whiteshire Hamrock property at 1818 E 600 N.
But the blaze started in an area at the upwind portion of the building, and a strong wind helped push flames through the structure. With fire in the basement and also burning through the roof, firefighters were forced to abandon their attempt to attack the blaze from inside and go to a defensive attack. They controlled the fire with the help of elevated water streams mounted on a Kendallville Fire Department ladder truck, supported by water tankers brought in from several neighboring fire departments.
The home has an estimated value of about $260,000, and received heavy fire, smoke and water damage to the structure and contents.
Firefighters were hampered by a combination of wind and cold temperatures. Trucks and manpower from the Albion, Orange Township, Avilla, Churubusco, Kendallville and Ligonier Fire Departments responded to the scene, while Noble Township and Johnson Township fire units provided standby assistance. Noble County EMS and Noble REMC personnel also worked at the scene.
Cr 600N was blocked by fire trucks and a water shuttle operation during the incident, so Noble County Highway Department and Sheriff's Department units came out to provide traffic control.
After controlling the flames, firefighters used a special water additive to seep into hidden areas where fire might be smoldering, and thermal imaging cameras to seek out hot spots. They were on the scene for over five hours.
Many of the same firefighters responded to that farm property in November, when fire broke out in a large grain bin. The house itself was built in the 80's to replace a home that was demolished, with the debris burned in a training exercise by the Albion Fire Department.


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Jan. 9th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
oh, wow! I catually never saw a damage done by a fire (thank God)

but I saw a firetruck driving to a fire today morning on my way to work and I thought about you and all the people who are doing this job
how little we think about it..
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Have you ever seen a show called "Dirty Jobs"? it runs here on the Discovery Channel. Firefighting is like the jobs shown there, in that it's critical, but nobody ever thinks of it needing to be done until something goes wrong. At least firefighters get more attention than, say, sanitation workers!
Jan. 9th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
Fires are so scarey. So much damage and the loss of all the mementos alone are bad even without loss of life. The dog was likely family (would be to me) and will be mourned. Meanwhile all of you put your lives on the line to put it out and contain the damage....often risking injury. Very scarey indeed. Have I said thank you lately for all of us "civilians" in your debt?

Jan. 10th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
I don't know if you have lately, but I know you have before! Yes, losing a pet is usually a pretty horrible experience to people who already have to deal with such questions as where they're going to sleep that night, and what they're going to wear in the morning. To me the scariest part, once life is taken care of, would be losing truly irreplacable things: my huge collection of photographs, over 30 years worth of writing, and such.
Jan. 9th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
:( Tough day, I guess.
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
Tough day for everyone ...
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Jan. 11th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
It really was a nice house. The house that once stood there became infested with termites, and we burned it as part of a training exercise back in the 80's. So not only was it a nicely built and maintained house, but it wasn't very old.
Jan. 11th, 2007 08:55 am (UTC)
That's a terrible shame they lost their beloved dog. Everything tangible can be replaced...family members, even four-legged ones, cannot.

Maybe my sister was one of the EMS on call there! (I know I've asked you before...but if you happen to meet a Charlyn Eitner, give her a big hug from her baby sister for me)

I hope they have someplace to go while their home is being rebuilt...being displaced is tough.
Jan. 11th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)
Which EMS system does she work for? I know I've asked you before, but I've slept since then ...
Jan. 11th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
I think she works for "Kendall-tucky."
Jan. 12th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
Oh! CHAR! Sure, she works for Noble County EMS -- boy, it's a small world!
Jan. 12th, 2007 08:48 am (UTC)
Yeppers! That'd be one of my sisters! (I have four sisters)

She'll totally kill me for sharing this one, but hey, I love my family so TOO BAD! :-P
Jan. 13th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
Wow. She looks *so* much like her mom, now ...
Jan. 13th, 2007 09:47 am (UTC)
The group one is Char, Dave and Dani...the "sailor suit" one is Char as a 7-year-old.
Jan. 13th, 2007 11:43 am (UTC)
Oh, I got it mixed up ... I thought Char was Char's mom. So it's actually Char as a 7 year old who bears a remarkable resemblance to Dani ... Which means the sailor suit pic is the one you need to hold onto for blackmail purposes. :-)
Jan. 12th, 2007 08:50 am (UTC)
And she'd kill me even more for THIS one...but OMG, my niece looks JUST like her mom!! (don't tell her I showed you these)

Jan. 13th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
Aw, come ON! I can't tell her?! :-)
Jan. 13th, 2007 09:46 am (UTC)
You can tell her you "heard" that Dani looks a lot like her mom at the same age...
Jan. 13th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
Well, that's fair ...
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