MONTMORENCI, Ind. (WLFI) - Otterbein Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Shoults was on the other side of the fire Saturday morning.
Fire crews from Wabash Township, Otterbein, Battle Ground, West Lafayette, and Purdue were dispatched to help put out a fully involved fire at Shoults' home on Jackson Highway in Montmorenci.
With their house destroyed, Shoults and his wife, Tracie, are still dealing with the devastation.
"It's an out-of-body experience," Tracie said. "It's the shock, the loss."
"It's hard because I do everything I can to keep it from happening," Kevin said.
Tracie said the doorbell woke her up Saturday morning, and when she looked outside she saw flames coming out of her house. Using his years of experience as a firefighters, Kevin knew the fire was going to be hard to fight.
"[I could tell] where the fire was I knew it was going to do some damage," Kevin said. "It was already into the roof, and it was going to get into the attic."
Otterbein fire volunteers are trained to fight hundreds of fires, but Saturday was not business as usual as they worked to put out the fire at their friend's home.
"You don't know what to do," Otterbein Fire Captain, Davie Hutsell said. "You worry about them, but then you have to get back into the normal rotation of your job to get the fire put out."
During this hard time, The Shoults are thankful for the support of family, neighbors, and fellow firefighters.
"We can't even begin to thank everyone for their love, their support, the food, the donations, and just coming here and being with us," Tracie said.
The cause of the fire is not determined at this time. The Shoults are staying in a hotel while they look for a new home.
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