Fire Destroys Knapp Lake Cottage
A vacant Knapp Lake home was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning, February 24.
The lake cottage, at 0426 S 950 W, was already engulfed in flames when the fire was discovered at 6:31 a.m. Within minutes Noble County Sheriff's Department dispatchers received numerous 911 calls reporting the blaze, some from across the lake and other from almost two miles away. The first Noble Township firefighter reached the scene just five minutes after the first page, and reported the home fully involved and already collapsing, while radiant heat endangered other nearby buildings.
The building, which had recently been remodeled, was reportedly owned by Moses Safirstein, but nobody was there when the fire broke out. Its cause remains under investigation.
Noble Township, Cromwell, and North Webster firefighters concentrated on protecting other buildings and power lines from the flames, which leveled the house and destroyed its contents. Explosions were reported as the buildings burned, and Noble REMC crews were needed to shut down exposed power lines.
The blaze was declared under control at 8:45 p.m., and firefighters remained on the scene until about 9:25 p.m.; some fire units returned later to douse a rekindle at the scene. No injuries were reported, but a Noble County EMS unit stood by as a precaution.
Weather Hampers Firefighting Efforts
Five fire departments were needed to battle a wind blown fire that destroyed a home near Kendallville Thursday.
No injuries were reported in the blaze, which broke out at around 1:54 p.m. in a residence at 11605 E 415 N. The two story wood frame structure, valued at about $175,000, was declared a total loss; the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Firefighters were hampered by strong winds, sub-freezing temperatures and slippery roads. A metal roof also caused difficulties, because the flames originally broke out in the attic area and access became difficult.
Kendallville, Avilla, LaOtto, Corunna, and Garrett fire trucks were called to the scene, while an Albion Fire engine stood by in Kendallville in case of another call. Noble Township Fire Units were called across the county to stand by at the Avilla fire station. Noble County Highway crews assisted on roads made slippery by a water tanker shuttle as well as blowing snow, while Sheriff's Department personnel assisted with traffic control. A Noble County EMS unit stood by at the scene as a precaution.
Firefighters remained on the scene until about 8:30 p.m.