Cause of Lindberg Village fire ruled undetermined

The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office and the Wabash Township Fire Department have ruled the cause of the Lindberg Village fire undetermined.

Posted: Aug 30, 2019 9:45 AM
Updated: Aug 30, 2019 6:43 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) —On Friday July 12th multiple fire departments responded to a five house fire at the 3600 block of Tesla Drive in the Lindberg Village neighborhood. After a 7-week investigation The Indiana State Fire Marshal's says the cause is undetermined.

This fire left five homes destroyed and four others damaged. Investigators also say there's no criminal investigation.

"I had heard that it was a hot plate with a tea-pot and it caught fire somehow,” said Daugherty.

The Wabash Township Fire Department said there's been wide-spread speculations regarding the cause. They said the incident was not related to a natural gas explosion.

"Something started it and it went from garage and to house and this and that,” said Daugherty. “People had things to have their barbeques. Things like that and that might of been what the little tiny explosions were."

Investigators said extensive testing was done on natural gas lines in the area of the fire and all of those lines were in normal operating condition. Mark Daugherty lives across the street and he says it's devastating.

"I mean it's just amazing and stuff with everybody out here and stuff that they don't know the cause and stuff,” said Daugherty

Daugherty said he still remembers that day.

"It's an eyesore when I open up the garage and stuff, it just reminds me of the day I opened up the door and seen the flames of these houses,” said Daugherty.

He said this news will hurt the families who lost everything.

"It's really no closure if it's undetermined and stuff it's no closure to what happened here,” said Daugherty.

Daugherty said this part of the neighborhood will never be the same.

"This little area that came down in here and went around was one of the neatest little areas I've seen in this complex,” said Daugherty. “Each house was different."

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The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office and the Wabash Township Fire Department have ruled the cause of the Lindberg Village fire undetermined. 

Chief Ed Ward said the investigation also ruled nothing was criminal. Ward also said the cause was not related to a natural gas explosion. Ward said extensive testing showed the gas lines were operating normally during the fires.

On July 12, firefighters responded to Tesla Drive in the Lindberg Village neighborhood for a large fire that destroyed five homes. Four others received damage. 

The investigation did show the fire originated at 3681 Tesla Drive. 

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