Any writing I may have done yesterday was interrupted by a house fire; I ended up driving the rescue truck (I'm standing by it in my icon) and then commanded the operation, but the fire went out anyway. Honestly, I've always preferred to be inside on the nozzle, where it's warm; sometimes *very* warm.
But, when you're on a volunteer fire department you don't really get to choose what position you end up in. I think I did a fair job in both; the Rescue and crew arrived in one piece (I don't usually drive the trucks -- not my area of expertise), and yes, the fire went out. It might be better to ask the other firefighters how they think I did! Oh, here's the article on it:
A passing driver noticed smoke coming from the Dan Taylor residence, at 4416 N 350 W, at about 5:40 p.m. First arriving firefighters and a Noble County Sheriff's deputy found heavy smoke coming from the one and a half story residence, and forced entry after being unable to determine if anyone might be inside. It turned out the residents were away, and returned home a short time later.
The fire's origin is believed to be accidental, relating to an electrical problem in a bedroom. By the time the first fire truck arrived heavy fire was coming from the north side of the building, and heavy heat and smoke damage resulted throughout the home. The blaze was declared under control about forty minutes after firefighters arrived, although they stayed on scene until 8:20 p.m. to make sure the fire was out and to investigate its cause.
Red Cross personnel and a company that helps board up fire damaged homes were called in to assist the family.
The Albion and Ligonier Fire Departments were originally called to the incident, and they brought in manpower and water tankers from the Cromwell and Noble Township Fire Departments. Kendallville and Topeka fire crews provided standby assistance. Sixteen Albion firefighters responded, manning two fire engines, two tankers, and three support units.
The Noble County EMS, Sheriff's Department, and Noble REMC also assisted at the scene.