Tippecanoe County planners address concerns with home proximity after Lindberg Village fire

The Lindberg Village neighborhood does in fact meet the county home proximity requirements.

Posted: Jul 16, 2019 7:08 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2019 7:13 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — As investigators look into the initial cause of the Lindberg Village fire, they also look into what caused it to spread.

Wabash Township Chief Ed Ward brought proximity of the homes into question.

Sallie Fahey, Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission executive director, said the houses in Lindberg Village do in fact meet the county requirement.

Measuring wall to wall, homes must have at least a 12-foot distance between the neighboring house. 

Fahey said it's hard to determine if the 12-foot proximity is a problem at this time.

“Until we really know what the cause of the fire was and the cause of its spread so quickly, it's a little hard to speculate on what the appropriate remedies might be,” said Fahey.

They plan to look into the proximity of the homes when the cause of the fire is determined.

“Whether it's a combination of proximity, today's building material, you know, who knows until they determine what the cause was but all those things need to be looked at,” said Fahey.

The 12-foot distance law has been a requirement in Tippecanoe County since 1965. 

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