Fire heavily damaged a home near Wolf Lake Sunday night. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which broke out in the C. F. Kloepper home at about 10:15 p.m.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but was believed to have started in the area of the home's chimney, then spread quickly into the attic area. Noble Township firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the second floor of the two story wood frame home, at 2535 W Wolf Lake Road.
Firefighters were hampered by frigid temperatures, which hovered at 7 degrees Fahrenheit at the time of the fire. They had to truck water to the scene, which is not close to a hydrant, and break through ice to establish a water supply from a nearby lake.
A Noble County Highway Department sand truck responded when water, splashed onto the roadway from tanker shuttles, quickly froze, making driving conditions hazardous. Noble REMC crews were also called out to cut power to the residence, and a Noble County EMS unit stood by as a precaution. Extra firefighters were called so crews could be rotated, to cut down on the chance of frostbite or hypothermia.
The fire was declared under control at 11:29 p.m., but firefighters remained on the scene until 1 a.m. The home received heavy fire, smoke and water damage.
In addition to Noble Township trucks, a pumper, rescue truck and tanker responded from the Albion Fire Department. Other units were then brought to the scene from the Thorne Creek and Churubusco fire departments, while a Kendallville Fire crew was brought to Albion for standby. The Cromwell fire Department was also on standby during the incident.