ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI) - The Attica Volunteer Fire Department got the call at 9 a.m. Monday about a house fire. But it could have been burning for hours.
"The [firefighters], as they left going north to the fire station they could see smoke in the sky," Attica Fire Chief Ed O'Farrell said. "I think it burned for a while before anyone even noticed it."
Ronda Delong, her husband and her grandson had left their house on Columbia Street in Attica by 5:30 in the morning, before the fire started. When they returned they saw what happened to their house.
"All the fire trucks were here, the ambulance, the fire department," Delong said.
O'Farrell said when crews from Attica, West Point, and Williamsport arrived there was heavy smoke. They were able to get it out within a half hour. Then, they faced extreme heat in the rest of the home.
"Everything was contained in what little space they have in the attic, and in the kitchen," O'Farrell said. "The kitchen took the brunt of everything."
O'Farrell said it is a good thing no one was home during the fire. He said the way the heat built up in the home could have quickly become very dangerous.
"It was extremely hot inside," O'Farrell said. "The walls had started to blister and bubble. Even the television in the living room started getting heat damage, and the plastic started to melt on it, and that's almost at floor level."
"It's bad, the whole inside is gutted out in the kitchen," Delong said. "In the kitchen you can tell it got really hot."
This is the second house fire in four days in Attica. Thursday night an abandoned home caught fire. O'Farrell said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it looks suspicious.
That is not the case for Monday's fire. However, the cause is still under investigation. Delong said her family will be staying with relatives, and hopes to move back home when repairs are made.
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