A home in Sale Creek was destroyed by fire early Friday morning.
A 911 call was made at 5:24 a.m. reporting a garage fire at 433 Quiet Trail Lane. The Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived, reporting a fully-involved garage and vehicle fire. Since the fire started to spread to the adjacent house, firefighters worked quickly to stop the fire from spreading throughout the house.
Chief Jimbo Aslinger reported, “the fire was difficult to contain. The house had several roof add-ons which creates dead space for the fire to travel throughout the house. We had fire in the attic area and in the crawlspace and this make firefighting challenging.”
The homeowners, David and May Jo Newhouse, explained to fire officials that at 5 a.m., a family member was getting ready for work. He heard a popping noise coming from the garage. He went to investigate and saw fire pouring out of the garage. He immediately woke the six other family members to evacuate the house.
The family informed fire officials they had a heating lamp in the garage for their six chickens. But fire investigators will be on the scene to find the actual cause of the fire. No injuries were reported but Hamilton County EMS was on the scene for any potential injuries.
Damages to the house, garage and van will be around $100,000. The Newhouse family was insured and will be staying with family members. The American Red Cross will be assisting the family with immediately clothing and personal items.